Knaresborough Bed Race organisers have announced the theme of the 2014 race as Children’s TV and film characters.
Bed race teams can now start dreaming up ideas for their float and fancy dress costumes ahead of the event in June next year.
Gordon Renton, the Lions’ Chairman of the Bed Race organising committee said: “We always pick a strong theme to give participating teams full rein to exercise their creativity in decorating their beds and themselves, and the broader the subject matter the better the spectacle.
“We think there is plenty of scope with characters from children’s TV and film for some wonderfully original decorations, and we encourage teams to think outside the box!”
Dozens of Mr Blobby’s, Flintstones families and other familiar faces will take part in the 2.4 mile race and parade through Knaresborough on Saturday June 14, just weeks before the town hosts the worlds biggest cycling race on July 6.
Over 30,000 people turned out to enjoy the annual event last year and the Knaresborough Lions believe over £100,000 was raised for charitable and community causes.
Mr Renton said: “One of the main attractions for the large number of people who flock to the town for Bed Race is the sheer quality, imagination and variety of the dressed beds and teams.
“Together with the marching bands, dance groups and supporters they lend a unique carnival atmosphere to one of the largest amateur sporting events in the country.”
The 2014 running of the Great Knaresborough Bed Race will be the 49th in an unbroken sequence going back to 1966.
The event has spawned other copy cat bed races elsewhere in the UK, Germany, the USA and New Zealand.
The Knaresborough Lions draw in hundreds of helpers to prepare the course, marshal the crowds and organise the teams on the day.
Each year, 90 teams of six runners and a passenger take part, and last year’s theme was of Myths and Legends .
The First Scriven Scout group’s epic representation of George and the Dragon took home the best dressed bed prize this year, pushing The Lido Loonies out of the top sport for the first time in three years.
Teams can apply to enter from 1 January 2014 with a closing deadline of the end of February. Entry forms, rules and other information are available on the event’s website www.knaresboroughco.uk/bedrace.
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