LONG LAKE - A Fourth of July favorite returns to Long Lake Wednesday, July 4. The Bed Races will kick off the evening's festivities at the Long Lake Town Beach at 1258 Main Street.
Bed races from the town bridge to the town beach along Route 30 begin at 5 p.m., but with new rules and added challenges this year. The entry fee is $10 per bed. Call to sign up early as there is only room for eight beds.
The winning teams will be judged on both time and overall creativity of the bed. Teams are asked to devise creative themes and costumes that could win the coveted cash and trophies.
This year teams will have the added challenge of maintaining an assigned lane, designated by cones, testing not only their beds' speeds but also the skills of the team's steering. New rule for 2013: if a team crashes into a spectator or another bed racing on the course it will by immediately disqualified. There will be a test course set in advance, so teams can practice before the race.
Bed size is limited to 6 by 8 feet, handles included. Each bed must have four functional wheels that make contact with the road surface at all times; wheel size may vary. The beds may have at least two swivel wheels and a steering wheel, but this is not required.
Most importantly, beds must be operated by human power only. Teams can consist of five people only, four runners and a rider. Those pushing the bed must wear sneakers or athletic shoes (no open-toed shoes) and the rider must wear a helmet.
Three prizes will be awarded to top finishers along with the judge-selected "Best Design Concept" for the most creative theme with costumes and Best Team Spirit. Call (518) 624-3077 to register a bed.