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Posted: November 11, 2014

Be a winner – in bed! Rolling Slumber Bed Races and early bird event in Brunswick

Written by: Shannon Bryan - mainetoday.com editor - sbryan@mainetoday.com

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The distance between Earth and the Kuiper belt (a ring of debris extending between 30 and 50 AU from the Sun, like a soap ring around the bathtub of our solar system) is pretty colossal.

But you know what distance is even more prodigious? The abysmal length between the blanketed comfort of your bed and the frigid flatness of your bedroom floor. Feet are required to travel that span on a daily basis. And no matter how routine the journey seems, it’s never simple. It requires effort. Some motivating self-talk. A full bladder.

It’s a tough way to start the day – being forced from the warm womb of sleep and into a wicked world of tooth brushing and poorly timed traffic lights. But this weekend, locals with a penchant for their pillow top can avoid the early-morning “stay in bed vs. participate in life” dilemma during the annual Rolling Slumber Bed Races in Brunswick.

Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, teams of five (four runners, one rider) will battle bed-to-bed in a queen-sized race down Brunswick’s Park Row. The race is part of an all-day Early Bird Sale event that begins with the sunrise at 6 a.m., when a slew of local businesses open their doors for early-rising and/or heavily coffeed shoppers. Shops are offering discounts from 10-30% (note many of those discounts are only available in the early morning hours and/or if your show up in pajamas.) There will also be hot cocoa on the mall and gelato for breakfast at Gelato Fiasco. For all the discounts: brunswickdowntown.org/

But back to the beds.

Each team will push their bed along the race course the old fashioned way – i.e., no engines, jet packs, or other modes of propulsion. Themes are encouraged, and megaphones, whistles, and other implements of distraction are a-okay. The costumes are required.

And win or lose, race participants can finally put the “you won’t accomplish anything staying in bed all day” fallacy to rest.

And then they can take a nap.

FMI on the Brunswick Downtown Early Bird Sale and a list of the participating businesses and discounts:  www.brunswickdowntown.com

Watch the Rolling slumber bed races

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