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Bed racing, bungee run, concert offered at Friday's Place2BU

Oct. 5, 2005

by JON SCHROEDER and SHELBY THOMPSON,reporters

Gather your fastest friends and come to the Bed Races!

Baylor University's Place2BU and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity are partnering to make Bed Races an annual event.

"ATO seemed like a great group of guys who would have the excitement I wanted. They took the idea and ran with it," said Amy Reeves, assistant director of student activities for campus programming.

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Henry Chan | Lariat staff
Josh Studdard, a Sweetwater junior, left, and Andrew Ginakis, a Beaumont junior, right, pushes Drew Snyder, a Clearlake senior, center, in preparation for Friday's Bed Races.
Reeves said Place2BU is hoping to sponsor several new events with other student organizations this year.

"We'd love to do it, and Place2BU said that they'd love to have us do it," said Houston senior and ATO social chair Drew Snyder. "We were at the right place at the right time."

Bed Races is from 4-7 p.m. this Friday on Fifth Street. Free Dr Pepper and food also will be available at Fountain Mall, Reeves said.

Women and men will compete in separate 32-team brackets with five members per team. Sign-ups are in the Den of the Bill Daniel Student Center, and teams can register until Thursday. Registration is free and the first-place winners for both men's and women's teams will receive a $250 prize. Additional prizes will be awarded to teams with the most "festive" costumes, Reeves said. "Students can dress up as whatever they want," she said.

Snyder said there will be a live DJ and inflatable activities such as a bungee run and sumo wrestling suits at Fountain Mall. Tires, hay bales and triangular flags will be set up along the street Friday morning.

"Hopefully people will say, 'What's going on?' when they see everything set up," Reeves said.

The races will run down Fifth Street, starting at Morrison Hall and ending in front of the Rena Marrs McLean Gymnasium. Four members of the team will push the fifth member on a wheeled hospital bed, provided by Caritas. Upon arriving at Marrs McLean Gym, the team member on the bed will have to complete an inflatable obstacle course to finish the race, Snyder said.

Two beds will race at a time in single-elimination tournament brackets, Reeves said.

Team members pushing the bed will wear elbow and knee pads, and the fifth team member on the bed will wear a helmet, Snyder said.

"We want students to get more involved on campus, have a good time and hang out. This is the start of more events to come," Snyder said.

After Bed Races, Christian hip-hop artist LeCrae will perform a set from his new album, Real Talk. This event will end before Freshman Follies at Minglewood Bowl, Reeves said.This first-time event for Baylor is a tradition at other universities.

"I've seen this done at other universities," Reeves said.

At Purdue, the event comes complete with motorized beds, Reeves said.