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Bed racers take to the Canandaigua City Pier to combat homelessness

Thirteen teams competed for eight separate prizes in Family Promise of Ontario County’s second annual bed race at the Canandaigua City Pier.

But the teams were really racing on Saturday morning for fun and to raise awareness of homelessness in the county.

Each of the racing teams consisted of five people — four to push the bed on wheels and one rider. Many of the beds had unique designs, from a pirate-themed ship to a bird’s nest.

The creativity of each team’s bed is reflective of what the Family Promise of Canandaigua does for the homeless each day, said Kathleen Wagner, president of the organization’s board of directors.

“It’s about bringing resources together, from putting wheels on a bed to bringing groups together” to help them in their mission, she said.

Wagner also emphasized how the race is an opportunity to come together and show support for homeless children and their families.

The races were divided into four separate categories: Hot Wheels, for teams ages 12 through 14; Lead Feet, for teams ages 15 through 18; Road Hogs, for teams of different ages, from 14 and up; and Sunday Drivers, for teams ages 40 and up. Each race was between two beds in similar categories. The team with the fastest time advanced to the next round.

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