Alpha Tau Omega and Place2BU Host 2nd Annual Bed Races

Oct. 5, 2006

by Katie Brooks, student newswriter, (254) 710-1961

Alpha Tau Omega and the Place2BU are teaming up to host the second annual bed races event at Baylor University from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, on Fountain Mall.

"We have about 50 teams entered in the tournament, and there will be about 45 races altogether," said Dan Long, graduate assistant for campus programming. This year, races will be held on both sides of Fountain Mall.

Steven Cutbirth is ATO's chairman for bed races. "We are offering organizations intramural points this year," he said. Twenty-five intramural participation points will be awarded to each team that enters, with a maximum of two teams per organization, according to Long.

Separate men's and women's teams of five will compete in the double elimination tournament for cash prizes. Participation is open to all Baylor students, with no entry fee, Long said.

First place finishers will receive $250, second place wins $100 and third place gets $50. "We have an engraved cup that will list the winners each year. It's pretty big and will be displayed in the SUB," Cutbirth said.

Costumes are highly encouraged and the best costumes will be awarded prizes. Cows, bumble bees, Power Rangers and Harry Potter were some of the popular costumes from last year, Cutbirth said.

According to Long, last year's event received very positive feedback. "We have some returning racers and about twice as many participants," he said. This year's event will include "more participants, more prize money and more action," Long said.

"I was in it last year in the team dressed up in cow costumes," Cutbirth said. "It was a lot of fun and one of my favorite memories of my freshman year."

The bed races offer "a chance for students to cut loose and have some fun. It's a great event for a non-football game weekend. We will be serving free Dr Pepper products," Long said.

For more information on the Bed Races, contact Long at (254) 710-4994.

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