A bed race fundraiser is another fun fundraising event idea that can raise a lot of money for your cause. Bed races work well as cancer fundraisers or for college groups looking to organize a fun event to raise funds.
The premise is fairly simple. Teams compete by pushing hospital beds – complete with a “patient” – in a timed race down a street. Colorful team uniforms and wildly creative beds bedecked with themed decorations are all part of the fun.
Bed Race Ideas
Here are some fun bed race ideas:
- Have multiple categories such as Corporate, Student, Open, etc.
- Award lots of trophies – Fastest, Wackiest, Best Theme, Best Uniforms, People’s Choice, etc.
- Use a tournament bracket with heats, quarter finals, semifinals, and championship bed races
- Hold a parade of all the bed race teams prior to the competition
Bed Race Fundraiser Ideas
Here are some ways to raise money at your event:
- Use a service like EventBrite to register teams & host fundraising pages
- Give awards to teams and individuals that raise the most money
- Sell raffle tickets for a prize drawing to be held during the awards ceremony
- Get corporate sponsorships for your bed race event
- Solicit donations from the crowd with a “pass the hat” approach
- Raise funds with a craft beer tasting fundraiser and food truck rodeo
- Include an auction of donated goods and services
Bed Race Tips
- Use a Master of Ceremonies to coordinate everything
- Use an enthusiastic announcer to pump up the crowd
- Use rules specifying what types of beds & costumes are allowed
- Make your bed races an annual tradition in your community
- Make your course long enough for spectators, but not too long
- Promote your event to local newspapers, radio and TV stations
- Create social media accounts for your bed race fundraiser
- Make your event as fun as possible for everyone
- Thank everyone for their help and support
Don’t be afraid to start small and grow your bed races event each year into something larger. Just maximize the fun and you’ll have a great fundraiser!