The 7th Annual Great Topeka Bed Race was a rousing success on Saturday morning. Several hundred people lined 6th Street in downtown Topeka and enjoyed a spirited and fun-filled competition in nearly perfect weather.

The main reason the Great Topeka Bed Race is such a great event is the amazing volunteer crew that makes the day happen. There is a lot to get done, from getting the stage in place, the audio system set up, laying out the race course, assembling the competing teams and running the competition. They did a great job and the event, from opening warm-up exercises to the bed race finals, came off without a hitch.

The amazing volunteers got things in place. Then the wave of competitors took center stage and got into the spirit of the day. It began with the competition for the most creatively decorated bed. Congratulations to Washburn Tech, and its bed that doubled as a snow plow, for edging out Silver Lake Bank and Garrett Law for that honor.

Next, 18 teams competed in the bed race competition. The defending champions, the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), posted the day’s best time of 28.5 seconds in the first round of competition. Think about that…..they sprinted this bed down a city block, performed the critical putting on of the night shirt, and then sprinted back to the finish line in under 30 seconds. Capital City Bank’s bed race team distinguished itself as a serious contender for the crown, and advanced to the finals. However, SCCA finished strong and won the Great Topeka Bed Race for a 2nd straight year. The team from Federal Home Loan Bank-Topeka missed making the finals by less than a second, and finished 3rd.

Of course, the major reason why we host the Great Topeka Bed Race is to tell people about Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc., our mission and the important work we do. The event was made possible because of a great roster of sponsors, led by our leading sponsor, Capital City Bank. Other lead sponsors were Westar Energy and Silver Lake Bank. We also received sponsorships from American Family Insurance, Sports Car Club of America, St. Francis Health, Equity Bank, Clayton Financial, WIBW-TV 13, Wendling, Noe, Nelson and Johnson, and Security Benefit.

I would also be remiss if I did not mention how much fun it was to spend the morning with so many from the HCCI Staff and Board that participated in the Great Topeka Bed Race.

Huge thank you to our Board Members that volunteered the day of the Race:

  • Todd Butler, photographer
  • Robb Cummings, photographer
  • Eric Deitcher, event Co-chair
  • Ron Harbaugh, scoreboard
  • John Olsen, audio setup and DJ
  • Ben Tenpenny, member of Capital City Bank bed race team
  • Bob Washatka, setup crew
I was very proud of the HCCI team that participated in the race. I had lots of time to admire them, since they took a wee bit longer to complete the race than most of the competitors. Many photos and videos were taken at the event, and we will be posting many of them on our website and Facebook page.  Thanks for the efforts of everyone for making the day a rousing success and plan right now to participate in the 8th Annual Great Topeka Bed Race in March, 2016.