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ATCO crowned bed race champs

Members of ATCO's Electric Avenue bed race team likely slept soundly this past weekend after being named champions at the second annual Great Bonnyville Bed Race.
ATCO’s Electric Avenue crosses the finish line in the final race against ATB Wii Not Fit, heat 2 champions, to win the race.
ATCO’s Electric Avenue crosses the finish line in the final race against ATB Wii Not Fit, heat 2 champions, to win the race.

Members of ATCO's Electric Avenue bed race team likely slept soundly this past weekend after being named champions at the second annual Great Bonnyville Bed Race.

The event pit local businesses against each other to raise funds for the Stollery Children's Hospital by building, decorating, and racing homemade bed cars down main street.

In the first heat, JD Collision's Bedcruisers took on ATCO's Electric Avenue in a tight match which saw Electric Avenue rally just before the finish line to pull ahead while Bedcruisers dealt with technical malfunctions as the back bumper of their vehicle began to detach.

Ironically, Bedcruisers had been named best decorated just before the match, which was decided by a randomly selected jury chosen by the audience.

In the second heat, the Pimee Pit Bulls and their charming puppy mascot faced off against ATB Wii Not Fit. They were closely matched, but Wii Not Fit took the lead with a smooth turning manoeuvre, managing to extend their lead in the return to the finish line, proving that their name was perhaps a misnomer and they were a little fit after all.

It came down to ATCO's Electric Avenue and ATB's Wii Not Fit in the final race. It was neck and neck until the turning point, where Electric Avenue managed to pull ahead a little bit, extending their lead on the way back to the finish line, beating the exhausted Wii Not Fit by a few precious seconds.

Despite the trash talking and boasting before the race, the teams parted on good terms with handshakes and congratulations.

"Fantastic! This is our second year winning, we are the 2010 winning champ," said Electric Avenue member Crissy Chornohos.

"Our secret is definitely training. We took a couple weeks in advance to do some trial runs with our team and we figured out the kinks and decided to get a leader to coach the driving and that worked for us."

Fundraising totals will be tallied later in the week.