September 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm (Florida, free, Miami, News, social event, South Florida) (alanzo mourning, alanzo mourning charities, bartleby, bed race, bed racing, coconut grove, Florida, pajama pub crawl, South Florida, streets of mayfair, The Great Grove Bed Race, where is bartleby)
Coconut Grove was the location of this afternoon’s “Great Grove Bed Race.” This competition pits teams of 5 (one rider and four pushers) against each other to race down a 1/8th mile track; their vehicle is of course a twin-size bed.
Race events kicked off the evening before with a Pajama Pub Crawl through the Grove’s many watering holes with 100% of proceeds going to the Alonzo Mourning Charities. Race day began with the Ford Motor Company Family Pajama Party at The Bookstore and included the reading of “The Princess and the Pea” by the Alonzo Mourning Charities Honey Shine Girls, along with live music and book giveaways. At 1 PM the races began with the Pit Row Parade. At 2 PM time trials began down Grand Avenue, and by 4 PM the Sandbar Sports Grill team had clenched the win.
The event was fun. There were many creative ideas for beds – everything from a hospital gurney, to a cabana, and even a President Obama. I hope to be able to participate next year, nothing’s really filled the void left after Flugtag never returned to South Florida.