R.I.Ping up the pavement at 6th Annual Lions Club bed race

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2005


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  Former bed racing champions Tim & Pam Musgrove take the Red Lantern aware at 6th annual Soldotna Lions Club race.

Former bed racing champions Tim & Pam Musgrove take the Red Lantern aware at 6th annual Soldotna Lions Club race.

A casket atop an army gurney and gruel masked Kenai Lion’s Club president Ryan Mills challenged the KPC bed racing perennial champions last week on Park Avenue in Soldotna. The dead bed heads however, were no match for the KPC team driving the fastest bed in the West to their fourth straight bed racing championship in six years. The team and their uniquely designed racing casket didn’t go home empty handed, Mills accompanied by Josh Poitry and purple haired Zach Letzring claimed the most unique bed award for their efforts.

With as much spirit and support as a homecoming football game, KPC students Katie Wells, Jeremiah Jensen, and Lance Hunt got their “Fast track to the Future” entry off to an early lead and finished going away as the other entries slumbered behind to a breath wheezing finish. “I don’t want to float our bed or anything, but we had a winning bed to run with a minimum of preparation, like for most exams, and a pretty good push,” said Jensen. KPC has no school team sports, so the annual race has become a flagship for school spirit, “We have to win at something,” added Hunt.


Entrants in the bed head derby line up their racers for the 6th annual Vera Howarth Memorial Bed Race in Soldotna.

It was the 6th annual Vera Howarth Memorial Bed Race, an event created by Soldotna Lion’s to raise scholarship funds for college bound students, and to remember one of the communities favorite citizens. Owner of Vera’s Variety, Howarth was a charter member of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce as well a Soldotna Lioness until she passed away in 1998, “Vera was a wonderful lady with a great sense of humor, she loved to laugh. She loved kids and we felt this unique and slightly zany race would be a fitting way to remember her from year to year,” said past Soldotna Lions Club President Tim Musgrove. The Lions fund six $500 scholarships annually for young adults from the local area wishing to continue their education.

This year’s race drew a field of five teams, “The object of this event is really starting to be to beat these KPC kids,” said Soldotna Lion Secretary Ed Slater. Slater developed his Hemi-powered bed frame a year ago and is determined to bring back the bragging rights to his club, but hemi-bedstead hasn’t been able to overcome the youth and vitality of the KPC bed heads.


Kenai Lions enter final resting place in Soldotna Lions annual bed race

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