The stunning costumes, dynamic décor and racer choreography are the fun front of the Great Grove Bed Race’s deeper cause, raising money and awareness for charity.
The race producers recently announced this week that they are changing the date to a kinder racing climate of first weekend in November — Sunday, Nov. 3 — as well as its selection of Dress for Success Miami as beneficiary of all net proceeds. The race producers are hoping the cooler weather will turn up the heat on the racers and fans to fundraise and donate at the door. This year the gates to the festival will be on Bayshore Drive, adjacent to Peacock Park and Biscayne Bay.
“We are thrilled to have been selected as this years cause,” said board of directors president Gailen David. “Each woman is a success story and a platform like the bed race lets us tell it in a truly unique and fun way.”
The way the race works is like any other 5k or triathlon for charity — the bed racers will fundraise all summer and fall with a five-member race team and additional five-member pit crew sending emails and encouraging attendees to sponsor and donate to their team. In addition, the festival producers have a $5 ticket (age 13 years and above) at the race gate ticket booth located on McFarlane Road.
Great sponsor products will be there for fans to buy like beverages and water, turning the normal day’s food and beverage sales into proceeds for the charity. Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
The day starts with a family pajama party at 11 a.m. with free games, interactive races, sports and music (kids 12 and under free all day). At high noon live music starts with a pre-race party zooming into a pit row parade where you can text your vote for “Crowd Favorite,” which will be the top prize of the day. Celebrities are on hand by 1 p.m. to judge the rest of the beds in “Best Décor,” “Best Engineered,” “Just plain Funniest” and “Most Dressed for Success.” The racers then compete in heats and move their way into the top eight by best time.
Top fundraiser gets a one-foot head start on their first heat to help speed them up. Intermissions with live music and hilarious performances and talented dancers entertain while racers ready for the finals — a bed-to-bed race off if you will. The fastest team in each of the four divisions — Women’s, Men’s, Co-Ed and Over 30 — wins.
Celebrity décor awards are given before the finals and the “text your vote” grand prize is at the finish line of the day by 6 p.m. For more information on the race or getting involved check out the website at www.TheGreatGroveBedRace.com and Facebook/TheGreatGroveBedrace. The grand marshal will be announced in October and Dress for Success president Gailen David promises some behind the scenes peeks at their bed as well with photos and updates until the big reveal on Race Day.