Bed Race

2019 Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis

Put your team together for the annual Accora Village Bed Race for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa on February 16, 2019. This will be the 39th running of the Bed Race, and the 16th organized by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa.

Funds raised goes to support the Aktion Club (a program for developmentally delayed adults), other Kiwanis Club of Ottawa's projects and the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. You can register your teams and pledges here.

For 2019 the event will be moving from Dows Lake to York Street near Dalhousie with a large number of other activities.

  • registration starting at 11:00,

  • the Parade of Beds at 12:30,

  • racing between 13:00 and 14:30,

  • and the after party starting at 15:00 at the Hometown Sports Grill.

This is a fun event for teams of all ages, so come on out, have fun and help Kiwanis support the community.

  • Team registration is $300 and the registration fee is waived if your team raises $1000 or more in pledges

  • Your team gets a minimum 2 races with a potential for up to 5

  • Great prizes and bragging rights

  • There are a limited prebuilt beds are available for purchase of $200

Lots of photos from over the years available here ->

2018 Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis Results

It took a while to confirm the location, however we were back on the Rideau Canal at Dows Lake, with just about perfect conditions for racing. The event was able to raise over $40,000 for projects of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation.

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Best Decorated

  1. Signarama Nepean
  2. Ottawa Fire Fighters
  3. Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Fastest Bed

  1. Int. Union of Elevator Constructors
  2. Myers Motors
  3. Accora Village #2

Best Fund Raisers

  1. Int. Union of Elevator Constructors
  2. WSP
  3. Myers Motors + Clocktower Pub

Best Team Spirit

  1. Ottawa Fire Fighters

Photos and Videos

We have some photos posted below with lots more here. Check out our Twitter feed for more.

Special thanks to our sponsors

Coverage from CTV Ottawa

Coverage for CBC Ottawa Radio

A great interview with Lee Galka from Accora Village and Chris Kemp for the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 96.

Ottawa Sun

Images #21 to 27 in the weekend photo gallery.

Kiwanis Luncheon, February 17, 2017

John Halvorsen,

President and Race Director, Run Ottawa.
Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, “Behind the scenes planning and impact”

A two-time Olympian and holder of the Ottawa 10K record for over 20 years, John will speak to us about Run Ottawa, originally known as the National Capital Marathon, which is the Region’s
premiere running organization and the organizers of Canada’s
most popular multi-day running event, the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

 At this luncheon,  we will also be saying Thank you to our Bed Race Sponsors, recognizing the winners of our Bed Race, and making a big cheque presentation.
Come out to lunch and show your appreciation to these people who are great supporters of your Club!!

 

2017 Bed Race Results

With the race back on the Rideau Canal at Dows Lake, we had a cool windy day for racing. The event was able to raise over $35,000 for projects of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation.

Best Decorated

  1. Signarama Nepean
  2. Brazeau Seller
  3. Accora Village #2

Fastest Bed

  1. Accora Village #3
  2. Myers Motors
  3. Int. Union of Elevator Constructors

Best Fund Raisers

  1. Int. Union of Elevator Constructors
  2. Myers Motors
  3. WSP

The race was one of our closest ever, with a virtual three way tie.

CTV Ottawa did a nice piece on the race during their 18:00 broadcast on Saturday.

Lots of photos now posted here -> with a sample below.

Kiwanis Luncheon - Bed Race Thank You

A great get-together for our luncheon at Milestones to celebrate the success of our 13th annual Kiwanis Bed Race.

We were pleased to recognize Accora Village, the title sponsor for the 4th year, of our Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis, and to recognize the hard work done by a few of the winning teams such as WSP (formerly Halsall) and the International Union of Elevator Constructors.

Algonquin College Welding was recognized for putting our beds together more professionally that we can do, and we were happy to be able to recognize Heritage Canada for their quick and reliable relocation from the Rideau Canal to Laurier Street when the canal became unusable.

The Queensway-Carleton Hospital Foundation was presented with a cheque for $10,000.00 as our contribution.

Thank you to the committee and all the volunteers who once again made the Bed Race a success with net proceeds of approximately $42,000. These funds will assist us in supporting our sponsored youth and other programs of our Club.  

 

2016 Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis Results

The Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis was forced to change locations to the Laurier Steet Bridge, and the event came off with lots of smiles on the second weekend of Winterlude with $40,000 being raised for Kiwanis Club of Ottawa projects.

Best Decorated

  • CIBC Pirates
  • Brazeau Seller
  • Chateau Laurier

Fastest Beds

  • Intl. Union of Elevator Constructors
  • Myers Motors - Baseline
  • Algonquin College Paramedics

Best Fund Raisers

  • WSP - Halsall
  • Intl. Union of Elevator Constructors
  • QCH Foundation
  • GGFLcpa

The final race had to be one of the closest on record, with a slo-mo video below giving you a feeling for it.

Here are a few photos from race day, with lots more available here.

Bed Race at a Sens Game

On Sunday, January 24th, between the 2nd and 3rd period of the game between the Ottawa Senators and the NY Rangers, the Club ran a single bed race to show off much fun the event can be. Our thanks to the Sens for hosting us, and to the Accora Village (our title sponsor), Algonquin College (a gold sponsor and bed maker), the Chateau Laurier (13 year participant) and the International Union of Elevator Constructors (last year's fastest bed and best fund raiser) for racing.

Tons of fun to be had at the Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis on February 6th, with room still left for teams.

Algonquin Welding Program Helps Make a Difference

When you run a race that requires people to modify a bed with bicycle tires in order to enter, it can be a bit of a barrier for some teams. To help out, volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of had spent their summers scouring yard sales for old beds that could be converted, and then donated hours of time to build beds to sell to teams.

Starting with the 2013 race, the welding program at Algonquin College have helped by using their skills to build 'beds' for the race. This service to the Club has been a very valuable benefit, and the Club is very appreciative.

There are still places for more teams in the Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis on Feb 6th, check out our registration site.

2015 Accora Bed Race for Kiwanis

The Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis presented by Allstream came off with lots of smiles on the first weekend of Winterlude with $45,000 being raised for Kiwanis Club of Ottawa projects.

Team photos are available here, and a larger selection of images here. A couple of videos to check out, one from Heritage Canada, one from Algonquin, and one from the International Union of Elevator Constructors.

Fastest Beds

  • Intl. Union of Elevator Constructors
  • Halsall #1
  • Allstream

Best Decorated

  • Halsall Sliders
  • CIBC Westboro
  • Algonquin College International Students

Best Fund Raisers

  • Halsall Ottawa
  • Intl. Union of Elevator Constructors
  • Halsall Sliders
  • Halsall Burlington