Perfect conditions greeted racers on December 14 for the 13th Annual Moora Bed Race and Street Festival. Nine teams raced down Padbury street, cheered on by hundreds of spectators.
Competitors decorate a hospital bed and race it down Padbury Street in five qualifier heats before the fastest two compete in the final. The final was won by the Swim Club who clocked a time of 18.22 seconds, edging out Mavericks who finished just behind on 19.00sec.
Local police used a handheld speed camera to measure speeds of the racers. Mavericks actually recorded the fastest top speed in the final (25kmph) but were not able to maintain the speed to win the event.
There were plenty of activities, with local shops remaining open late and pop-up stalls adding to the carnival atmosphere.
The event is organised by the Local Drug Action Group (LDAG) and YouthCARE Australia, with more than $11,000 raised for school chaplaincy in the area.
Local chaplain and LDAG member Wilson Cooper said he was delighted with how the day turned out.
“I’m stoked with the race and the turnout,” he said. “The theme this year was ‘Emojis’ and we saw some wonderful attempts by teams to incorporate this into their bed designs.
It’s great to have so many beds out here today and we saw some very exciting races. Every year we always get fabulous support from the community and a big thanks to our local sponsors and volunteers who helped make this event happen.”