The 9th Annual Bed Race to benefit Family Promise of Gwinnett County featured close races, two mechanical problems, and four eye-opening areas staged as places where families without shelter might spend the night in Gwinnett County.
Teams raced a bed on wheels in two heats for 220 years, including two turns and an up-hill section. Each team was required to have a person who weighed at least 100 pounds riding on the bed during the race.
The adult team with the best time was ViaSat which had a combined time of 60.3 seconds for both heats. WIKA USA won second place for speed, but their performance on a final round was hampered by a wheel problem.
The TCF Heroes won first place in the youth division. The second place contender, the team Siesta Fiesta, also had a mechanical problem but carried their bed to the finish line.
The Pigs in a Blanket team representing Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church won first place for fund-raising with no close competition. The Westminster Clergy team, with an “Amazing Grace” themed bed, won the People’s Choice award. The Bat Mo-Bed from Mountain Park United Methodist Church was close second for the People’s Choice award.
The group “Not My Roof” staged places where a homeless person might sleep in a tent, in a car, and an extended stay hotel. Beds used in the Family Promise programs were also displayed.
Photo above of the Bat Mo-BED and the Amazing Grace photo on the home page are by the Gwinnett Citizen.com
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