Bed Race Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Bed Race work?

Groups of people form a team and raise money to help provide essential furniture and household goods to families in poverty who are experiencing severe life challenges. Then on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 teams participate in the Bed Race at Hollywood Casino Columbus. The race runs approximately from 9 am to 1 pm.

Racing teams are comprised of 5 people- one Bed-Rider and four Bed Racers, who compete in 75-yard racing contests in the parking lot at Hollywood Casino. Teams dress up in fun and creative costumes and participate in the Team Parade before the event.

Racing teams are provided with a shared bed for the day's use. And NEW THIS YEAR- teams can purchase a private bed rental for the day for an additional fee! Quantities are limited, so log in to your page and add it to your cart today.

Awards are then given by local celebrity judges for highest fundraising team, highest fundraising individual, best costume and best bed. In addition, prizes and incentives are available for participants when they reach various fundraising milestones. See the Team Captain Kit for more information about fundraising incentives. 

Read the full Team Rules for more information on the races.

Are beds provided? How can I decorate my bed? Can I bring my own bed?

Yes, a shared bed rental is provided with your registration fee this year. We are also offering a private bed rental that is available only for your team’s use on Saturday, May 4th. Quantities are limited, so log in and add it to your cart today. For shared bed rentals a removable sign is permitted. For private bed rentals, all decorations must be removable (no paint, nails, glue, etc.). You are welcome to bring your own bed that follows the Bed Construction Rules.

If you do bring your own bed, drop off will be located in the employee parking lot- see the Location Information. Cars must be moved to a designated parking location once beds are dropped off.

Beds will be inspected for rule compliance at check-in. All non-compliance issues must be corrected in order for a bed to race. No modifications are permitted once checked in except repairs. Please visit our Bed Construction Rules page for more information.

Limited tools and minor repair materials will be available- if you feel the bed you are bringing may need more extensive repairs during the race, please plan on bringing your own supplies. We will maintain any rented bed. We will gladly accept donations of beds immediately after the races.

Can children participate?

All participants must be 13 years of age or older on the day of the event and must have a parent/guardian sign their waiver. Younger children are welcome to volunteer or cheer. We will also have entertainment and games for children at the event! Children under 18 are not able to enter Hollywood Casino and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times while on casino property.

I need to add a team member or substitute one on my team.

Sign up for new individual team members is open until midnight on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2019. Substitutions can be handled by emailing us. After this time additions or changes will be handled on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at check-in. New teams can be created through Sunday, April 21st, 2019.

Can we change our team name? 

You can change your team name through Sunday, April 21st, 2019 by emailing us and requesting a change. Please allow 2 to 4 business days for this change.

Can I sign up my team on the day of the event?

No. At least one person from each team must be registered by midnight on Sunday, April 21, 2019, so that we can create the race schedules. Individual team members can join online through Wednesday, May 2nd or in person at the event on Saturday, May 4th. No additional teams will be permitted to register after April 22, 2019. Participants registered by April 12, 2019, will be guaranteed a t-shirt. Substitutions will be permitted on site through race time or by emailing us before Sunday, April 21st.

I don’t want to participate, but can I come and cheer on friends?

YES! Spectators are welcome to join in the fun outside in the parking lot to cheer on the racers! We will have family-friendly entertainment, games, and food available at the event. 

You can also participate by as a Fundraiser to utilize the fundraising platform, participate in fundraising and costume contests and prizes for free. Make sure to select "Not Racing" as your race level.

More day of event information will be available later in the spring as the event approaches so stay tuned!