Bed Race 2022

United Way Bed Race 2022!

Saturday, October 15, 2022   

700 Block of Main Street in Lancaster, SC

1:30  Team and Bed Check-in 

2:30 Parade of Beds, Races immediately following

The United Way Bed Race pits 5 person teams racing beds down Main Street to claim bragging rights for one of Lancaster County’s favorite traditions!  United Way of Lancaster County brings the Bed Race back after a hiatus, and rivalries are as strong as ever.  Each team uses 1 driver and 4 racers to get their bed under the checkered flag before everyone else.  Beds may be simple, streamlined and strong for the speed division, or they can be decorated as fabulously as your imagination can create for the Fun Prix.  Either way we are sure to have a great day of fun! 

This year’s theme is “Generations: United” as we celebrate United Way’s 65th anniversary of service to generations of residents of Lancaster County.  Teams are encouraged to go ALL OUT representing their favorite decade and everyone will show off in the Parade of the Beds.  Your bed could be a groovy VW van, a covered wagon, or maybe a Rubik’s cube, just pick your favorite decade and the sky is the limit! 


Some racers go for speed, some racers go for show, but all racers go to raise money for United Way of  Lancaster County.  Get your team together and start training and creating, or just come enjoy this great community event as we Live United.   

Teams can compete in the following 3 divisions:

Fun Prix!:  These beds might look better than they run, and we encourage area businesses, groups, and organizations to be creative in all the things- car décor, music, theme, engineering, and team costumes.  Teams will participate in the Parade of Beds- First and Second place winners will be awarded for costume and design. Additionally, teams will use their own strength to power their bodacious beds in bracket matches to determine who comes out on top with First or Second place in fastest car. Teams will be provided a bed with registration. If you would rather build your own, please contact the United Way office at 283-8923.

Competitive:  This race is for speed!  Winner gets bragging rights for the next year and hold on to the famous Bed Race Trophy until the next race.  Teams will use their own strength and provided stock beds to compete in a bracket-style tournament to determine who comes out on top.  First and Second place winners will be awarded for speed.

Classic Cars:  Remember the good old days of the Bed Race?  If you can find your car, shine it up, deck it out, and bring it out for the Car Show and Race!  Race each other to see if your bed is able to stand the test of time. Winners will be in two categories: fastest bed and judges will award a "Best Blast from the Past".

All teams competing in any competition are also eligible to win the People’s Choice Award, the coveted award voted on by Bed Race fans!  Teams collect votes via donations in the days leading up to and during Race Day, we'll have an online platform to make it easy for you.  The team with the most votes (dollars) gets the award.  All money raised through the People’s Choice Award will benefit programs of the United Way.


You've Got Questions?  We've Got Answers!

What in the world is a “Bed Race”?

The Bed Race started in the 1990s using donated hospital beds.  These beds were decorated and customized by teams and then strutted down the race way in a festive parade celebrating community before competing in 100-yard races on Main Street.  The race grew in number and in creativity and drew great crowds of supporters for about 20 years, but then took a break.  Today, the Bed Race has all of the strengths and celebrations of those early events, but with modifications for today’s competitors.  There will be very few actual “beds” raced, but modern-day vehicles are designed to mimic beds and are modified for safety and personalization.  The community spirit and excitement (and the trash-taking!) are the same, and we are excited to connect our sponsors and our neighbors for a day of spirited competition, all to support the work of the United Way of Lancaster County.

And what is up with all the things- car décor, music, theme, engineering, and team costumes? 

This is the fun part!  Our theme is “Generations: United” so pick the decade you love most.  You can add removable decorations to your car frame, pick out music, get your whole team dressed up!  Remember that there are prizes for all of these things, so you want to go all out.  If you need ideas you can check out our Pinterest Page (UWLCSC) for more ideas!

Will I get a T-Shirt for my registration?

That is so last decade!  Each member of your 5-person team will get a pair of the coolest ever Bed Race SOCKS!

How do I build a bed for the Bed Race?

Guess what, you don’t have to!  Your registration fee includes a bed.  Follow us on FB to see dates and times for pickup and get it ready to win with your choice of decade decor for our “Generations: United” theme.  After the race, you can take your bed with you, or donate it back to UWLC to be used in future races.  If you are only entering the competitive division, you can show up ready to race, we’ll have the beds all set when you get there.

I just want to see all this craziness. Do I have to register?

There is no registration or ticket charge for spectators, this is such a fun day and we want you and your family to come!  There are lots of grassy places to sit and watch, or to stand and cheer. We will have dessert food trucks available for snacks, fun photo stops, and our nonprofit Partner Agencies will be there to let you know what they do for our community.    

How do I sign up my team?