Guidelines, Rules, & Regulations

Bell’s Big Bed Race is Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 10 am to 3 pm. 



  • Each racing team for Bell’s Big Bed Race shall consist of five members. There can be up to two substitutes. A racer may only be registered with one team.
  • Every member of every team (including substitutes) must sign a Waiver of Liability.
  • Bed pushers must be at least 16 years of age to participate. Riders must be at least 13 years old. Any team member younger than 18 must have parent/guardian permission.
  • Bell provides to each team a twin mattress and a wooden frame (with headboard and foot board) on wheels to race. The beds are built to the same specifications and with the same size and type of wheels. Identical mattresses.
  • Teams must bring:
    • one set twin bed sheets (one fitted and one flat)
    • one standard pillow case
    • one blanket
    • one NEW pillow (which will be donated to Bell after the race)


  • Be creative! There will be a trophy awarded for the “Best Themed Team.”
  • Feel free use your team outfits and bed linens to represent your theme, business or organization.


  • Each team must have five members in order to race.
  • Pushers/runners must wear footwear suitable for running.
  • When riding, the rider must stay on the bed and must wear a helmet.
  • Beds may not be pulled, only pushed from the front, sides and/or back.
  • Pushers/runners are responsible for stopping their beds and maintaining an overall safe operation of propelling the bed along the course.
  • All members of the race team must cross the finish line together to qualify. The rider is the only one to be on the bed.



  • A protective helmet must be worn by the rider during that portion of the race. This requirement will be enforced by race officials. Bed riders without helmets will be disqualified.
  • Pushers should wear good running shoes along with suitable attire for the weather conditions. No flip flops or other open-toed shoes. Be aware that accidents may occur such as falling down on pavement, scrapes, bruises, tripping, collisions, etc. Safety gear to avoid and/or protect against such hazards is recommended.
  • There must be no deliberate obstruction of other team’s beds during the race.
  • All participants must sign the Waiver of Liability prior to the final team captain meeting.


  • All participants will conduct themselves according to the highest standards of sportsmanship – particularly in regard to other competitors. Race competitors must obey instructions from the police & race officials, e.g. starters, timekeepers, etc.).
  • No alcoholic beverages will be allowed at the bed race site.
  • All decisions by race officials are final.
  • All bed/team costs are borne by the entrants. This includes the entry fee, which is non-refundable.



Additional information with details of event-day schedule will be forwarded upon team registration. Questions? Call Bell’s Community Engagement office at 717-848-5767.

Consider Team Fundraising to create an even bigger impact! Contact Melinda at 717-848-5767, ext. 516 for instructions.