Guidelines, Rules, & Regulations

Bell’s Big Bed Race is Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Penn Park, York PA


– Each racing team for Bell’s Big Bed Race shall consist of one rider and four runners/pushers. There can be up to two substitutes per team, who may be interchanged with the original runners/pushers throughout the day. Team members may also swap out running/riding during the day.

– 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.

– Every member of every team (including substitutes) must sign a Waiver of Liability.

A racer may only be registered with one team.


– Beds should be built as close to regular twin bed size as possible. It does not need to be an actual bed, but must mimic a bed, complete with headboard and footboard.
– Each racing bed must have a solid bed base so there cannot be any way for a rider to slip through. It should have some sort of soft “mattress,” whether it is an actual twin-size mattress, or thick foam padding. No water beds.
– Minimum bed size: 35” wide by 70” long.
– No part of the bed, including push bars may exceed 55” width by 80” length.
– Clearance: no less than 10 inches and no more than 30 inches from the ground to the support frame.
– Maximum height of the bed (including decorations) may not exceed 80” from the ground.
– Push bars, if used, can’t extend more than 10 inches out (and are included in total max dimension)
– Beds must have four (no more, no less) load-bearing wheels, so situated to make the bed stable and safe. All wheels must touch the ground; wheels can be any size.
– Bed cannot have any means of propulsion other than the team pushing it. No motors. No steering mechanism. No brakes. Human power only.
– Nothing sharp may be part of the bed. No jagged or sharp edges allowed.
– Any violations in bed design will have penalties (up to and including disqualification). Beds that are not constructed according to the rules will be required to be modified to adhere to the rules in order to race.

[Please note: there are a limited number of pre-made beds to borrow this year if you don’t want to build your own. See Bed Race Registration Info for pricing. Contact us for details.]

– Be creative! Beds can be decorated in any way that is in good taste/not obscene. Bed must have a headboard and foot board as part of the design, plus a pillow and blanket. Participants are encouraged to dress along with the bed theme decoration to win prizes.
– The TEAM NAME must be displayed and securely attached to the bed so that it is visible by decoration judges and race officials. Names, advertising, slogans and logos may be part of the bed provided they are securely mounted and don’t interfere with safe operation of the bed. It is the team’s responsibility to ensure that these stay attached during the parade and throughout the race.
– Decorations may be removed from the bed for racing, but the TEAM NAME must be clearly identifiable and affixed securely on the bed.
– Pushers must be able to see the course in front of the bed when they are pushing.

– Each team must have all of its members (four pushers/runners and one rider) in order to race.
– The rider must stay on the bed and must wear a helmet during the race.
– Beds may not be pulled, only pushed from the 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.
– Pushers/runners must wear footwear suitable for running.
– 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 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 beds during the race.
– All participants must sign the Waiver of Liability prior to the final team leader meeting; it is preferable to include all waivers with registration.

– 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.