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Bed Race highlights afternoon activities at Fall Festival; proceeds benefit THON

8/13/2012 —


Noon-3:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29
Registration: $25

Although the winning team won’t get an Olympic gold medal, ala the United States women’s gymnastics team for their all-around performance in London, Penn State New Kensington’s own “Fab Five” can earn bragging rights with an "all-around performance of the beds" in Upper Burrell.

The fourth annual Bed Race at the campus is set for noon on Saturday, Sept. 29, in the lower parking lot. Believed to be the first of its kind at a Penn State campus, the race is a part of the campus' Fall Festival. The competition features five-person teams (four pushers, one rider) who navigate a rolling bed over a measured course while performing tasks at various stations along the way. A series of timed heats culminates with the championship run at 3 p.m. In addition, judges will award prizes in various categories including wackiest design and best theme.

Alumni, community and student groups are encouraged to enter a team. Beds will be provided. Registration is $25 per team and proceeds benefit THON. Other Penn State campuses, local high schools, and regional higher education institutions are welcome to compete. Deadline for registration is September 22. For more information, contact Lauren Blum at 724-334-6063 or ldb14@psu.edu via e-mail.

The bed race is the afternoon highlight of the Fall Festival that is geared to local residents, as well as students and alumni. Activities for the young, old and those in between will be spread out on the campus' 72 acres and run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. All events are free to the public. Activities include food vendors, crafts, motorcycle run, kids zone, an alumni tent, and an outdoor concert series, featuring Gene the Werewolf.

For more information about the festival, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/fallfestival online.

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