Team Pier is ready to get between the sheets

Sidney hotel Bed Races team challenges other businesses to take part in the return of a classic event

Kenny Podmore sports a red wig as he and Alicia Cormier sit on one of the beds to be used in the Bed Race on Beacon August 17. They and their Team Pier Hotel co-workers are challenging other businesses and residents to take part in the fundraiser for Rest Haven Lodge’s palliative care services in Sidney.

If you thought there just wasn’t anything fun to do in your bed anymore, guess again.

Crawl in between the sheets, have a few friends get on either side of you and let the mad dash begin.

The Bed Races on Beacon are coming to Sidney on Sunday, August 17. Witness teams of five to 10 people dress up in costume and push hospital beds down the main drag in Sidney. The event is being run by the Rest Haven Lodge and is a fundraiser for their palliative care unit. Brenda Hennigar, executive director of the Rest Haven Foundation, says they are hoping for 20 teams — plus more for the kids’ and parents’ stroller races.

The first team off the blocks is from the Sidney Pier Hotel. They got dressed up for a PNR photo for this story but team captain Kenny Podmore says they have something special planned for race day. For now, their costume theme will remain a mystery.

Podmore has issued a challenge to businesses and families in the community to join in the fun. He’s pretty confident his team is going to do well.

“The Pier is going to win all of the awards,” he boasted. “We’ll even be faster that all the fire departments around here.”

Hennigar said there will be prizes for team spirit, best costumes and more for the kids in the stroller races.

Podmore said Team Pier got on board right away because it’s a fun community event — and a good cause.

“We’re in it because of the cause,” he said. “I see this as being a start to an annual event.”

Henniger said the bed races bring back a classic family event to Sidney and she hopes it will grow from these new beginnings.

The Bed Races on Beacon run 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 17, on Beacon Avenue from Fifth Street to Third Street. The road will be closed to all traffic, save the hospital beds.

To get your team signed up, or for more information, call 250-656-0717, ext. 428.