Why Don't We Do It in the Road?

When was the last time you did something nice for someone else in bed? How about in front of 15,000 screaming spectators? Put away the cookies and shut off the TV set, Miami, because after six years of hitting the snooze button, the Great Grove Bed Race is making its triumphant return to the streets.

No false advertising here. The bed race involves just that: teams rolling twin beds down Commodore Plaza and Grand Avenue in pursuit of pillow-talk glory. The contest kicks off with time trials this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., and then the fastest eight beds will run in one final drag race for a special prize to be announced. If that's not enough to get you out of bed, Helio Castroneves — a three-time Indy 500 champion — will be grand marshal, and proceeds from the race will go to Alonzo Mourning Charities.

Don't sleep through this beloved — and free — Grove tradition.
Sun., Sept. 6, 2 p.m., 2009
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