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PLATTSBURGH - The Plattsburgh Rotary Club has found a fun and unique way to raise money for their organization.

For the first time, the nonprofit organization which helps raise money for other organizations will host a "Bed Race," Saturday, Sept. 11, at 3:15 p.m.

Looking for a different type of fundraiser, members of the club spoke with other clubs in the country, and with ideas from members Steve Fredericks and Keith Tyo, a plan was put together.

Teams, which consist of five participants and two optional alternates, must have one person in a bed, with two people pushing at the headboard, and two at the footboard. Races will be held at City Hall Place.

"They will race it up to a halfway finish line of approximately 30 yards," explained Plattsburgh Rotary Club's president-elect Jon Cooper. "Cross that line, turn around and race it back."

The requirements of the bed are they must include a footboard, headboard, mattress, and at least four wheels of any size.

Teams may also choose to use one of the four beds offered by Rotary, instead of their own.

"The beds were built by a different organization," Cooper explained. "They did this as a project for Rotary, which was just outstanding."

Races will be held in heats, with the top finisher in each heat advancing to the finals.

During the finals, the teams will race their beds with the passenger wearing a nightgown provided by Rotary. At the midway point the person in bed must switch with another member of the team, and put on the night gown securely before continuing.

With the goal of having 64 teams sign up, cash prizes will be given out to the top three teams - $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place. There will also be a special prize of $150 to the team who has the best themed bed.

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