Bell’s Big Bed Race

You’ve seen 5k’s, 10k’s, marathons, triathlons, Turkey Trots, Ugly Mudders and more . . . now’s your chance to be a part of Bell’s Big Bed Race!

A big shout out to last year’s sponsors, our amazing teams, volunteers, spectators and other supporters for showing up in so many ways to make sure people in our community have a safe place to lay their head at night.

Now let’s get things rolling for the 2024 event:  SATURDAY, APRIL 13!



Q: When is the race?

A: Bell’s Big Bed Race 2024 is Saturday, April 13 and will kick off at 10 a.m.

Q: Where is the race?

A:  East King Street in the Royal Square District of York City, between S. Duke and S. Queen Streets.  (free parking available)

Q: How much does it cost for a team to participate?

A: One price for all – Team registration is $125.

Q: What does the actual “race” look like?

A: Each team of two to four people shows up on race day ready to race relay-style to make a bed (which is stationary). Two teams race side-by-side to increase the excitement.

Each team’s members start at one end of the race area; the bed will be at the other end. One at a time, team members run/walk/roll to the bed and back to make the bed: First person puts on the fitted sheet then returns to tag the next person who races over and adds the flat sheet and returns to tag the next person, etc. until the bed is completely made, at which point the entire team hops onto the bed, and rings a bell to stop the clock. Once all teams have raced, the fastest two teams will race one another in the same fashion but with some tricky twists.

Q: How many people are on a team?
A: We recommend four people per team. This gives each member a specific bed-making job to do, distributes the running between four pair of legs, and gives you more options to impress with your team theme. (Teams may have two or three members; it will mean more racing back and forth to make the bed.)

Q: Does my team have to bring a bed?  Sheets and stuff? 

A: Nope. The beds will be there waiting for you when you arrive to race, complete with all necessary linens.

Q: Do we have to push the bed? 

A:  This is a relay-style foot race, no bed pushing required!

Q: What should we wear?

A: Everyone must wear appropriate footwear for running. Other than that, have fun and be creative – there will be a prize for Most Creative Team Theme!

Q: Does our team also have to raise money?

The Zion Church Bed Rock Racers earned the 2023 Bell Ringer trophy by raising nearly $1,000!

A: It is not a requirement, however, we do encourage teams – as well as people who aren’t racing – to set up a fundraising page on our JustGiving Online Fundraising Campaign platform so your network of friends, family, coworkers, etc. may all have an opportunity to support Bell’s work and help our York/Adams County neighbors have a safe, stable place to sleep at night.  There is a trophy awarded to the team/person/group raising the most money through their peer2peer fundraising page.




2024 Bed Race Sponsor Sign Up

2024 Bed Race Team Registration

Three cheers for our 2024 Bell’s Big Bed Race Sponsors!


Need more info? Contact Bell’s office of Community Engagement at 717-848-5767, ext. 1505