Bell’s Big Bed Race

Three cheers to everyone who made the 2023 Bell’s Big Bed Race a rousing success. A big shout out to our sponsors, our amazing teams, volunteers, spectators and other supporters for showing up in so many ways.

You gave so much love and cheer leading up to an incredibly fun race day and truly demonstrated the way our community shows up to make sure everyone has a safe place to lay their head at night.


Mark the date on your calendar now;

Bell’s Big Bed Race is back on the street Saturday, April 13!


Q: When is the race?

A: Bell’s Big Bed Race 2024 is Saturday, April 13 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)

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 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.




2023 Bed Race Sponsorship and Team Registration Info coming soon!

Want to be an event sponsor, please reach out to Averie at or 717-848-5767, ext. 1505

Big Thanks to our 2023 SPONSORS

Presenting Sponsor: Mutual of America

Supporting Sponsor:

Enterprise Holdings


King Sponsors:

Apple Automotive Group, Elite Property Management




Queen Sponsors:

Capital Blue Cross; KeyRisk; M&S EAP; Meiji America/D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co.; PNC; Quality Buildings; Royal Square Development & Construction; Stambaugh Ness; York Water Company