Bed race returning to Heritage Days lineup

The Heritage Days Steering Committee is bringing back the bed race as part of the annual festivities.

The bed race is open to any interested participants with no entry fee.

A "bed building" clinic will be held in the near future and the time and location will be announced when the date is set.

The bed race will take place Saturday, June 22, in front of Huntington North High School during the Balloon Launch and Glow. The race start time will be 6 p.m. and all participants will need to be signed in by 5:30 p.m. The entry deadline is Friday, June 14, 2013. Entry forms are available at the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce office, 305 Warren St., or online at www.hunt ingtoncountychamber.com.

All ages may take part in the event but due to the fast-paced nature it is recommended that children under the age of 15 be accompanied by a parent or older sibling who will play a part in the race and be on the same team. Participants are required to wear good running shoes. Flip-flops, sandals or bare feet will not be allowed. All participants must also sign a waiver relinquishing the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Huntington of all responsibility.

Teams are required to have five people including four runners and one person riding on the bed. Pajamas will be provided for the rider(s) to wear over their regular clothing.

Beds leave the starting line and halfway through the block, beds come to a complete stop and complete a "Chinese Fire Drill" then continue to the end of the block. The race is an elimination race with two beds racing at once. Winners of a race will race the winner of the next race with the last winner of the final race declared the winner.

Monetary prizes will be awarded to the first three winning places.

Dan Juergens, of Juergens Do-It-Best and the Heritage Days steering committee is the event organizer.