Bed Heads line up for the running of the 7th Annual Lions Bed Race at Parker Park Soldotna.
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce stripped the long held “Bed Head” title from Kenai Peninsula College last week at Parker Park in Soldotna. Under clear autumn skies Soldotna Lion Ed Sleater’s “Too Cool,” or “2-KL” model sprint bed proved as unbeatable as he had predicted in pre-race interviews. “This is my short frame sprint bed model. I built it complete with mud flaps, roll bars, and high speed wheels that I predict will be a proven winner,” said Sleater. After seven years of only finishing as an “also ran” Sleater said he was motivated to win this year, “We had to take the title back from those college kids and I knew we’d have to resort to some innovative designs, and sure the KPC kids had youth and proven design on their side, but as I predicted old age and treachery would prevail over youth and skill.”
More Bed Heads line up for the running of the 7th Annual Lions Bed Race.
According to unreliable sources, once Sleater had completed the formula 2-KL bed he conspired with Michelle Glaves at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce to push for Soldotna, “Ed came to us with his new bed and pushed us to push for Soldotna, so I said I know the perfect little sleeper for your bed because I knew Annya at just 18 months wouldn’t weigh much and just fit in their perfectly so her mom Jessica Otis and her brother Ryan Phillips volunteered to push for Soldotna and the plan was set,” confessed Glaves. The collaboration proved a winning combination as the 2-KL hit the finish line a clear pillow length ahead of the KPC Sleepster breaking the College’s four year winning streak. According to bed racing statistician and Soldotna Lions Treasurer Daughn Carpenter, once KPC entered in the third year of the race no one had been able to beat them, “My kids and I won the first year, then we finished second to Pam Musgrove and her team the second year. This year my son was part of the team that crashed and had to carry their bed over the finish line, but it was an exciting race,” said Carpenter.
“The bed that got creamed was our (Soldotna Lions) bed. The team was made up of Ben Stalker, Ethan Waters and Jake Lamphier. I believe they are all three So-Hi students. I don't know what happened to cause the "wreck" but, that’s how it goes in big time bed racing in Soldotna, Alaska!” said Sleater.
Former bed racing champion Pamela Musgrove was the rider/driver for the KPC “Fast Track to the Future” bed, in an effort to regain some bragging rights, “We may have come in second, but it was pretty ugly out there this year, we had runners stumbling over crashed wheels and how could I steer into a baby, any mom has to steer away, but we’re anticipating a rematch next year after I have my knees rebuilt,” commented Musgrove, who now works at KPC. The event known as the, “Last Great Laugh of the Summer,” is a fund raiser for the Soldotna Lions, “All the entry fees go to our scholarship fund, where we raise funds to distribute $500 scholarships to students at SoHi, Skyview, and KPC,” said Sleater.
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