No sleep ‘until Broadbent: Nice Mattress Races open eyes throughout Kentucky Derby Competition – Courier Journal

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Revealed 1:43 p.m. ET April 30, 2019

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The GE Appliances team eked out a win against the

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The GE Team celebrates its 1st place champions division trophy in this year's KDF Great Bed Races. L-R: Josh Gilbert, team captain John Houchens, driver Daniel Maher, Justin Zirkle and John Chapman.
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St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities fans cheer on their team's entry in the KDF Great Bed Races. The team won 1st place in the race's fun division with a time of 35.6 seconds.
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Despite amassing quite a few safety cones, Team Bigelow Teas managed to beat the Amazon Fulfillment team which had safety cone troubles of their own.  The Bigelow team won the

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The Amazon Fulfillment Center team saw its dream of a victory left unfulfilled as it wracked up safety cone after safety cone during its heat.
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Despite amassing quite a few safety cones, Team Bigelow Teas managed to beat the Amazon Fulfillment team which had safety cone troubles of their own. The Bigelow team was awarded the KDF Great Bed Races

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The BJB Restoration, Inc. team needed to do some restoration work on its team's bed after a wheel collapsed on a turn.
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Zeon pipe fitter Dennis Guernsey, dressed as Hades, stands beside his team's Pegasus-themed bed which he helped build with his fellow maintenance workers for the KDF Great Bed Races. The bed, whose Pegasus wings mechanically flapped, won the event's prize for most decorated bed. 
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Premier Packaging's Pegasus-themed bed parades before the start of the annual Great Bed Race at Broadbent Arena.
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Matt Gibson, KDF senior vice president of events, signals two teams to begin their heat in this year's KDF Great Bed Races. This is Gibson's 21st year starting the races.
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Premier Surgery Center

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Despite having to push their bed through most of the heat dragging a damaged left rear wheel, the IBEW Local 369 managed to beat the Louisville Metro Parks team in their Great Bed Races heat.
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Clark Material Handlng's team makes its way around a corner and heads for the finish line during this year's KDF Great Bed Races at Broadbent Arena.
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The Neill Huffman Auto Group team prepares to push off its wheeled bed entry in this year's annual KDF Great Bed Races.
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Zeon's team is way out in front of the Neal Huffman Auto Group team in the KDF Great Bed Races at Broadbent Arena.
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Dell Technologies' team driver, Chris Mattingly, celebrates as his team nears the finish line of the KDF Great Bed Races.
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The Bluegrass Karting team begins to fall behind the GE Appliances team in their heat during the annual KDF Great Bed Races.
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The Bluegrass Karting team can't catch up to the GE Appliances team as it crosses the finish line during their heat at the annual KDF Great Bed Races. 
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The Yellow Ambulance team trudges toward the finish line as a safety cone caught under their bed slows the team down.
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Air Hydro Power teammates celebrate as they complete their heat's course.
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Atria Stony Brook team members push their bed along the race course.
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Fans yell support for their teams during the races.
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The Rubbies' Southwest Grille and Bar team celebrates as it nears the finish line.
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The Louisville Parks team manages to finish its heat despite the slowdown from a safety cone caught under their bed.
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As the Phillies, Inc. bed approaches the finish line, the team celebrates.
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The Metal Supermarkets team is elated as it crosses the finish.
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These kids at the top of Broadbent Arena were more interested in battling each other with

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Brittany Cash, a member of the Louisville area Amazon's staffing group, was driver for this new team. She said her team was a little nervous about competing, but they did practice for a month or so outdoors near the Jeffersonville fulfillment center.
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David Metzger, KDF committee person looks over the shoulder of DoMore Race Services' Richard Littrell as Littrell totals up the final results of the KDF Great Bed Races.
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Beds have been in all places however nobody was sleeping Monday as spectators crowded Broadbent Enviornment to look at 41 groups compete within the 2019 Kentucky Derby Competition Nice Mattress Races.

Every workforce constructed their very own wheeled beds of their interpretation of this yr’s Pegasus-themed races and competed towards one another in two-bed heats, pushing their sleep automobiles alongside a 600-foot racing course.

Matt Gibson, KDF senior vp of occasions, had the consideration of waving the beginning flag. This was Gibson’s 21st yr beginning the races.

“It was one of many first occasions I ever produced, and no matter no matter we’ve got occurring within the competition, I make certain I am at this occasion,” he stated. “It’s actually a mid-festival ‘nothing however enjoyable’ occasion. There are such a lot of people who’ve performed this for thus lengthy that it’s completely a Louisville spring ceremony of passage.”

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Gibson stated he at all times tries to make the occasion somewhat more durable. “We modify the course yearly,” he stated. “It’s nonetheless an ‘X’ (formed) course, however this yr’s has tighter curves.”

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The Kentucky Derby Competition’s 30th annual Mattress Races noticed 40 beds competing on Monday evening.
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High groups this yr included the Zeon workforce, which gained probably the most adorned mattress award; Rubbies Southside Bar & Grille’s entry, “Pigasus Energy,” which gained probably the most entertaining award; and the Bigelow Teas workforce, which gained the not-so-coveted “cone eater” award, given to the workforce that unintentionally collected probably the most yellow security cones alongside the route. 

The St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities workforce crossed the end line to take first place within the races’ Enjoyable division with a time of 35.6 seconds. Within the Champions division, the GE Home equipment workforce eked out a win with a time of 34.1 seconds.

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