Media Release for the Enbridge 24th Annual Bed Race

The Winterlude 24th Annual Enbridge Bed Race organized by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa takes place on Saturday, February 14th, at Dows Lake. Registration begins at 11:00, judging the beds for best decorations begins at 12:30, with racing starting at 13:00.

David Daubney, President of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa welcomed the sponsorship of Enbridge, “the proceeds of the race will benefit medical research in the Ottawa area through the Kiwanis Medical Foundation, and the Club is very pleased to have the support of Enbridge in this fund raising event.”

This year, up to 50 teams of 4 runners and one jockey will race down the Canal at Dows Lake pushing a modified bed a distance of 100m. Winners will be declared based on the fastest team, the best decorated bed, and the team which raises the most pledges.

Race rules, pledge forms and registration information is available at www.bedrace.ottawakiwanis.org, or by calling 613.233.1900. To help teams that may not have the time to prepare a bed, Kiwanis has a limited number of hospital beds that can be purchased (including free delivery to the race site).

The CD Creative, the Lone Star Texas Grill and OPL Rental Properties are supporting the event as Gold Level sponsors.

The proceeds from the event will be directed to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation to fund medical research in Ottawa. In 2003, the Foundation funded $40,000 over 6 different projects in the Ottawa area including support for CHEO, the Ottawa Heart Institute, the Salvation Army Grace Long Term facility and the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is celebrating 85 years of active fund raising and community involvement as a not-for-profit organization. The largest Kiwanis Club in Canada, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is one of the most active and dynamic service clubs in the world. Each year the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa provides thousands of hours of community service and raises $500,000 for the local community. One of the 8,400 Clubs in Kiwanis International, the Club has met every Friday since 1917 at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa. Projects carried on by Kiwanis in the Ottawa area include the Kiwanis Duck Race for Tiny Hearts, the “Precious Minds” educational video, the “Never Shake a Baby” educational video, and the “Reading is Fundamental” project running at Connaught Public School.

For information call Rita Harper (Kiwanis Club of Ottawa) at 233-1900, office@ottawakiwanis.org -

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