Bell’s Big Bed Race – Back on the Street for 2023!


Save Your Team’s Spot. Sign On as a Sponsor. Tell All Your Friends!


Official Team Registration opens March 1, 2023.

Pre-event Activities on International Pillow Fight Day, April 1, 2023.

The main event is

Saturday, April 15, 2023

After a socially-distanced version of the race in 2022, things are set to be back on the street for the 2023 Bell’s Big Bed Race!



Q: When is the race?

A: Bell’s Big Bed Race 2023 is Saturday, April 15.

Q: Where is the race?

A:  East King Street in the Royal Square District of York City, between S. Duke and S. Queen Streets.  (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. 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 at the end will race to the finish by pushing the made bed back to the start.

Q: How many people are on a team?
A: Four. (You may register one alternate, who must also sign the waiver)

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, other than the final two teams, who will push their made beds to the finish.

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 (link coming soon!) 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.

It’s easy to set up a fundraising page and promote your amazing efforts to show your support of Bell’s  emergency, transitional, and supported housing programs on your social media pages. Details coming soon.


PJ/SLIPPER DAY – Give your company’s “Casual Day” or “Jeans Friday” a new spin by encouraging employees to make a donation to show up in pajamas for remote meetings or wear slippers in the office on a specific day/s in April 2023.

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.


Ready to Sign Up?  PRE-REGISTER HERE.  (Sign Up Now, Pay March 1 – April 8, 2023)