Why not a road race using beds on wheels?

According to Waldo County Search and Rescue, organizer of the Great State of Maine Charity Bed Race, it is a different and fun way to come together and raise funds for many good causes.

On Saturday morning, May 11, a section of High Street was closed to allow modified beds on wheels to race the streets. Four helpers applied the muscle to push along the beds, each carrying one rider.

The course started in front of City Hall, then proceeded down the street. Racers banked a 180-degree turn just before Alexia's Pizza and returned to the starting line.

At the end of the event, the winner was the Better Homes and Gardens Masiello Real Estate team, which donated the $700 members raised right back to Search and Rescue.

Judy Brossmer, racer with the Better Homes and Gardens Masiello Real Estate group, said her team really worked hard.

"Those guys deserve all the credit," she said.

Along with most of the people from the office, Brossmer said, they had their spouses, children and friends on the sidelines. "We had our own cheerleaders," she said.

Sponsors for the Better Homes and Gardens Masiello Real Estate team included Alliance Home Inspections, Skinner Excavation & Gravel, Ray Quimby, Doug Erickson, Judy Brossmer, Alexia’s Pizza, Colburn’s Shoe Store, Baywrap, Joe Slocum, Angelia Levesque, Front Street Pub, Delvino’s Grill and Pasta House, Margaret Campbell and Penney Read.

The Waldo County General Hospital Oncology team, wearing bright blue scrubs, came in second. The card-playing, bed-pushing oncology nurses from WCGH raised funds for their patients.

Search and Rescue also had a team competing in the event, but, according to sources, "were disqualified because their bed was too good. And being the rescuers that they are, they then helped the other teams."

The event is open to nonprofits, emergency responders, businesses, sports teams, school clubs and individuals. All registered bed teams raised funds by collecting sponsorships for their beds on behalf of their favorite charity, and competed for a chance to win the $500 purse.

Organizers wished to thank the Belfast Parks and Recreation team, the City of Belfast, the businesses of Belfast, the tireless members of Waldo County Search and Rescue, and most of all, the racers and their supporters.