T.J. Martell Foundation Plans Downtown Derby Bed Race

Bed Race

T.J. Martell Foundation’s Young Professionals Council will host the inaugural Downtown Derby Bed Race in Nashville on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The fundraiser will benefit leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. There are 21 teams participating in the competition, including Creative Artists Agency, Regions Bank, United Talent Agency, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, WME/IMG and more.

This year’s sponsors are Nacarato Volvo Trucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Huskins Harris Business Management, Bridgestone Arena, JACK-fm, JHE Production and Do615.

The bed race will run up 5th Ave. from the Omni Hotel to Bridgestone Plaza. Beds will race in heats over 10-minute intervals. The two fastest teams will compete for first place and the Downtown Derby Bed Race trophy.

Awards will also be presented for Best Decorated and Best in Spirit. The Shining Star award will be presented to the individual who raises the most money through online fundraising. The People’s Choice Award will be presented to the team that collectively raises the most money.

“This is a fantastic event for a fantastic cause,” said Young Professionals Council co-chair Zac Koffler. “Where else can you bobsled a bed downtown, make a pit stop at Rippy’s in between heats, and simultaneously raise money to help support the many doctors, hospitals, and researchers, who are working tirelessly to reach the finish line to cure cancer.”


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