New Haven Bed Race raising money for homelessness program

(WTNH)–The third-annual New Haven Bed Race took place on Saturday along Church Street. Our own Jacquie Slater had the honor of emceeing the event.

In all, 11 teams put on their running shoes and souped up some beds, all to benefit New Reach and the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The event is sponsored by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee and the Connecticut Green Bank. Supporters lined the green and sat outside city hall to cheer on their favorite teams.

“The beds are manned by four people and there has to be at lest one person in the bed,” said Fionna Stewart. “The beds will typically have something that they can push on the side and then wheels on the bottom so they can move. It’s only two teams at a time and it’s a double elimination.”

This year’s winner was Engine 8 Company from the New Haven Fire Department. Back in the 1980’s, the bed race was a huge event in the Elm City, with dozens of entries. Organizers are hopeful that in the next few years, they will get participation back to the way it was in its heyday.

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