Burlington’s Amazing Bed Race

“The Amazing Race Canada” may have wrapped up its inaugural season last night, but don’t worry. Burlington’s got you covered, with our own version of the Amazing Bed Race!

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This exciting race in support of the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation and the Rotary Club of Burlington North, takes you up Brant Street, starting at Civic Square and ending at Ontario Street. It’s 100 metres of adrenaline! But it’s all in fun, of course.

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When and where?

The action begins this Sunday, September 22, at Civic Square in downtown Burlington. Registration begins at 11am and the Parade of Beds starts at 12pm, followed by the races.

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Heading into its fourth year, the race has already raised over $272,000, and contributed to a whole lot of fun and community spirit here in Burlington.

Join the fun

So, here’s what you do. First, get yourself a team of five – you’ll need four runners and one lucky “rider.” Then, hit up all your friends, family and co-workers to begin your fundraising (better start soon – the race is only five days away!) Now for the fun part. Build or rent a bed and get to work decorating (don’t forget to decorate yourself, too). Finally, get your bed down to Brant Street on Sunday and get ready to compete in the races.

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Need a little more incentive? There are great prizes to be won, including Grand Bed Race Champions, Top Fundraising Team and Best Decorated Bed/Team. You can add bragging rights to that list, too.

Fun for the kids

But there’s still more! Kids have a chance to get involved in the races, too, by running in the Kids Stroller Race. Kids between the ages of 2 and 12 can race with their own stroller on a 40-metre course. Costumes are encouraged, and medals are awarded for all participants. As with the adults, proper footwear and helmets are mandatory. There are plenty of other fun activities for the kids in the Kids Zone as well.

Not quite the bed building/decorating/racing type? This event is spectator-friendly and is most definitely an entertaining way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The forecast looks promising for the event, so show your support and cheer on the bed racers!

 

About the Author Teresa Baerg

Teresa Baerg is a writer, editor and self-confessed word-nerd who loves telling a good story. She is proud to call Burlington home for over a decade. She is passionate about her family, sunshine and palm trees, growing veggies, running and cycling, good books, good food and good coffee. And football. Twitter: @teresabaerg Instagram: @teresabaerg Website: teresakbaerg.com

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