The Great Grove Bed Race tradition continues…

The Great Grove Bed Race Takes a Victory Lap
and Gears Up for Next Year

A fantastic venue, center stage live music and the Grand Marshal, award winning recording artist and rapper Flo Rida together made the 5th anniversary of the Great Grove Bed Race it’s best to date. Perfect weather combined with an educated, engaged and international crowd voted all day for their favorite bed and laughed, danced and played down Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove.

Kicking off the day was the Family Pajama Party full of trike-racing, obstacle courses and highflying basketball dunk contests. COAST FM DJ’d for the kids and parents while the Nesquick Bunny, Billy the Marlin and Infeno’s Challenge performers interacted with kids aged 1 to 71. Live Music segwayed into the now famous Parade of Beds, where Flo Rida together with Commissioner Sarnoff, Karina Iglesias and Sonia Jacobson, founder of this years beneficiary Dress For Success Miami, judged the beds in four categories of “Best Décor”, “Best Engineered”, “Funniest” and “Most Dressed for Success”, with top prize being left up to the crowd who texted their vote for “Crowd Favorite” all day long. This year’s mattress madness was MC’d by the vibrant team of the KVJ morning show of 97.3 FM the Coast and local veteran Jane Decker for an all day running commentary of hilarity. Local artist and participant of The Voice Katina Iglesias’ kicked off the races with a chilling acapella rendition of our countries national anthem.

Winners pranced down Bayshore Drive at the end of the day to gather their awards for both speed and hilarity. Winner for “Best Engineering” was Southermost FOOLS, the Miami Fire Fighters.  The “Best Décor” Category was a tie:  “Dark Ages” and “The Enlightenment.” a group flash mob and theater performance done by a Grove Merchant The Olfactory Company. The “Funniest” prize went to the Miami Marlins with Billy on board and helmeted up. Drum roll please…. “Crowd Favorite” with over two thousand votes went to: B.O.M.B Squad, the Brotherhood of Mustaches and Beards bed. In Mo-vember, it was a fitting champion.
Speed demons of the 5-man race team and an additional 5-man pit crew. The racers lined up to compete in two speed time trials, the best time of the two was used to identify the top 8 for single elimination heats.. Over 40 beds competed for the championship in the following categories: Co-Ed (at least two females), Corporate (over 30), Men’s and Women’s. The fastest racers this year were: for the Co-ed category: Royal Caribbean, a new comer; for the corporate category: Sapient Nitro; for the Men’s category: The Grove Spot, four time champion; and for the Women’s category: The Sandbar, also a four-peat winner!
 “As the beneficiaries for this event, we are overwhelmed with gratitude,” said Board of Director President for Dress for Success Gailen David. “The response and generosity have been truly amazing. We are looking forward to using those funds to continue accomplishing our mission.”
We are getting ready for 2014 edition, which will take place on the first weekend of November of 2014. Set your alarm clocks and keep following us on FACEBOOK/the great grove bed race.

 

Flo Rida set to Handle Great Grove Bed Race

Sunday November 3rd, set your clocks back one hour for day light savings and join Grand Marshal Flo Rida

Flo Rida

Experience a high-speed chase through the streets of Coconut Grove without all that pesky jail time. Celebrity judges Karina Iglesias of the Voice, Mayor Regalado and the KVJ 97.3 Coast morning show MC and Judge the tongue-in-cheek event on the first day of daylight savings. . . . 

Here's your chance to race through the streets of Miami at breakneck speed without the fear of being arrested. And do it in front of 30,000 people cheering you on. The Great Grove Bed Race pits five-person teams pushing home-made beds down Bayshore Drive in a mad capped race to immortality. This year, a portions of the proceeds goes to Dress for Success Miami promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Through its dedicated services and programs Dress for Success addresses every phase of a woman’s career from being unemployed and searching, to recently employed and adjusting, to gainfully employed and succeeding. Our programs transition women towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and community. Each woman is a success story: she has gone from unemployment to economic independence. Since 1994, Dress for Success Miami has assisted over 30,000 re-entering the workforce. For more information, visit Dressforsuccessmiami.org.

“I grew up here: I’ve skated these streets, I’ve Jet-Ski’ed these waters, but I had never Bed-Raced Miami and now I can say I have”
—Grand Marshall 2011 Bed Race, Rapper-turned-reality star-turned-real estate guru Vanilla Ice

EVENTS CALENDAR

Michelob Ultra Pajama Pub Crawl
Saturday, November 2nd
Registraion: Duffys Sports Grill* 6-8pm
2nd Floor Of Cocowalk
Pub Crawl Starts at 8pm More info
*Must Check In For Pub Crawl Tickets

Captains Meeting
Wednesday October 30, 2013 6-8pm
***Captains Required - All Team Members Invited***
Location: Peacock Garden
2889 McFarlane Rd Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Bed Registration Closes
October 27, 2013 **Final entry deadline, 5 pm,
$125.00 late registration fee for all registrants Veterans and Virgins alike

If you would llike to host any of these events at your location please call Barbara at 305-766-3536