What better way to end summer and usher in the peak of the hurricane season than with the Great Grove Bed Race on Commodore Plaza and Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove on Sunday, September 4th. The race involves rolling sponsored themed beds down the streets of Coconut Grove. This combination of skill, fun and community involvement will bring thousands of spectators on Sunday for a family rated outing. http://thegreatgrovebedrace.com
Teams consist of 5 members; four will race and one will ride. They will race against the clock until the fastest eight are left. The teams might then proceed to drink Red Bull or Café Cubano to ‘amp up’ and go head to head to race for the top position. Prizes are awarded for theme, décor and time.
The pajama club crawl will highlight the entertainment on the previous evening Saturday the 3rd and crawl they will, as each participant will receive a passport filled with ten free drink coupons, one for each of the seven pubs.
A focus of the Great Grove Bed Race in this, its third year is its Grand Marshall and this year it’s Vanilla Ice. He’s a rapper who is a hometown personality and knows a thing or two about racing having been a world class competitive athlete on the Kawasaki Jet Ski world tour. A thoroughly likable and approachable actor, singer, and record producer, Vanilla Ice also shines on the DIY Network’s ‘Vanilla Ice Project’ which highlights his talents as a home improvement specialist. http://vanillaice.com
The bed race will also kick off the first public sighting this season of that great Coconut Grove institution the King Mango Strut as they careen headfirst into their 30th anniversary parade on December 31st.
The Mango-heads hope to improve on last year’s win in the ‘Most Creative Theme’ category when the ‘octomom’ gave birth all along the one eighth mile route. In fact she gave so much birth that they could have used a longer track. The ‘obstetrician’ ‘on call’ that day to ‘birth’ the ‘babies’ should have been awarded a special prize for ‘running’ the race backward as he ‘delivered’ them. This year promises to be more unique as the ‘coco-nuts’ strive to create new categories in which to win. http://kingmangostrut.org
The Great Grove Bed Race will raise funds this year for theBoys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. http://bgcmia.org