International Bed Race

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Now in its sixth year, the Pattaya International Bed Race organised by the Rotary Club of Pattaya and Pattaya City took place on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 26, and more than twenty decorated beds raced along Beach Road.

Gathering in front of Central Festival Beach Road the large crowd of participants and onlookers were entertained with a song by sensational singing trio Jasper 3.

The captain of the winning team kisses the winners trophy.The captain of the winning team kisses the winners trophy.

The beer drinking competition was won by a tourist from India who surprised everyone with the speed he emptied his bottle, and teams of racers climbed onto the stage to introduce themselves again support from the crowd.

Following a parade of beds through the streets of Pattaya it was time for the race to start. In pairs the beds set off for the two kilometer race from Central Festival to Walking Street, with many finding the course and the heat too much, but all teams were cheered by the thousands of tourists lining the road.

Foreign volunteers from the Father Ray Foundation.Foreign volunteers from the Father Ray Foundation.

Fastest across the finish line was the team from the Father Ray Foundation, closely followed by the bed sponsored by Seashells Restaurant in London, pushed by the foreign volunteers at the Foundation, and third fastest was the team from the Cape Dara Hotel in Naklua.

However, it was not all about who finished first, and the Cape Dara team earned extra points for the best decorated bed and so where therefore declared overall champions.

Singing trio, Jasper 3, entertained the crowd before the race started.Singing trio, Jasper 3, entertained the crowd before the race started.

The runner up was the team from the Hard Rock Hotel while the Hilton Hotel carried the third place trophy home.

As has become a tradition at this event the team from Murphy’s Law finished last, but if there was a prize for the happiest and loudest team they would surely win it.

Team Cape Dara may have been third fastest team, but they earned extra points for the best decorated bed.Team Cape Dara may have been third fastest team, but they earned extra points for the best decorated bed.

The fastest team to cross the finish line.The fastest team to cross the finish line.

Murphy’s Law, as usual the last team to cross the finish line.Murphy’s Law, as usual the last team to cross the finish line.

The beauty queen representing the Pattaya Expats Club had never travelled along Beach Road so fast.The beauty queen representing the Pattaya Expats Club had never travelled along Beach Road so fast.

The team from the Hilton flew down Beach Road.The team from the Hilton flew down Beach Road.

The Pullman Hotel are always the most colourful team.The Pullman Hotel are always the most colourful team.

The Runners-up.The Runners-up.