Race between the sheetsOttawa, Canada
We’re all guilty of struggling to get out of the sack when it’s cold, and the annual bed race in Ottawa, Canada, will have you grasping the bedpost like never before. Held on UNESCO World Heritage–listed Rideau Canal (measuring almost eight kilometres, it’s the largest skating rink on the planet), the spirited Accora Village Bed Race is a community fundraising event that has become a flagship of the city’s Winterlude festival, held at the end of January or early February.
Join a team and hold on for dear life as you are wheeled across the 50-metre course or lead the charge on foot in your quest to reach the finish line first.
- Watching (or competing against) about 70 teams of bed racers
- Checking out the incredible ice carvings at the Winterlude Festival
- Working up enough of an appetite to justify a second serving of bevertails, a fried Canadian pastry
- This event requires preparation – including building a bed – if you want to participate
- Running on ice isn’t a walk in the park
Team registration costs about US$216, but if you raise more than CA$1000 (about US$720) the fee is waived.
The race celebrated its thirty-sixth year in 2016. All proceeds from the event go to local community service projects.