Bell’s Big Bed Race


After a socially-distanced version of the race in 2022, we’re out of the parking lot and unto the street for the 2023 Bell’s Big Bed Race

Saturday, April 15, 2023

9am to 12 noon


Note: The FIRST FIVE TEAMS to register receive a special prize!


Q: When is the race?

A: Bell’s Big Bed Race 2023 is Saturday, April 15 and will kick off at 9 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 in an adjacent parking lot)

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

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

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

A: Each team of FOUR people shows up on race day ready to race relay-style to make a bed. 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: Four. (You may register one alternate, who must also sign the waiver) This is an all-ages and abilities event; great for multi-gen families, work teams, friend groups, church youth, scouts, and more!

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?

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 Make the Bed Fundraising Challenge 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 will be a trophy awarded to the team/person/group raising the most money through their peer2peer fundraising page.


Our JustGiving platform makes it easy to set up your own fundraising page as part of the 2023 Bell’s Big Bed Race campaign. Just connect to the main campaign page, set up an account and click the orange button to “Start Fundraising.”  All the general info is filled in; you can edit the text and add your own photos and videos to really make it your own.

then . . . promote your efforts to support Bell’s  emergency, transitional, supported, and residential housing programs by getting your network of co-workers, family and friends involved by sharing the info via email or on your social media pages.



MAKE A DONATION – Support the campaign with a financial gift. Every Make the Bed gift made in April, 2023 (and designated accordingly) supports the event AND counts toward our 2023 Give Local York goal of $50,000.

BE A SPONSOR – Show that you value the vital work being done by community benefit organizations like Bell by signing up as a Bed Race Sponsor. [INFO HERE]   Contact Averie Clark at 717-848-5767, ext. 1505 or Kevin Traister at 717-848-5767, ext. 1504 to talk about opportunities.


First Presenting Sponsor: Mutual of America

Supporting Sponsor:

Enterprise Holdings


King Sponsors:

Apple Automotive Group, Elite Property Management



Queen Sponsors:

PNC; Quality Buildings; Royal Square Development & Construction; Stambaugh Ness; York Water Company