The Times photo by Betsy Reason
For the first time, Da Club team earned bragging rights and a trophy for winning the Darlington Bed Race, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville, on Friday night on the Courthouse Square. Da Club, representing the Boys & Girls Club, members included Amanda Lavore, Noah Green, Dewayne Simpson, Justin Cowan and Vivian Zahiga.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason For the first time, Da Club team earned bragging rights and a trophy for winning the Darlington Bed Race, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville, on Friday night on the Courthouse Square. Da Club, representing the Boys & Girls Club, members included Amanda Lavore, Noah Green, Dewayne Simpson, Justin Cowan and Vivian Zahiga.
Da Club team has never won the Darlington Bed Race.
Until this year.
On Friday night, this year’s Da Club team, representing the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville -- Justin Cowan, Amanda Lavore, Noah Green, Dewayne Simpson and Vivian Zahiga -- put their bed in high gear to win the annual Darlington Bed Race on the Courthouse Square in downtown Noblesville.
The team members were all smiles as they held up their bed-shaped trophy after crossing the finish line 1/10th of a second ahead of the YoungLife Skit Characters, the 2019 runner-up; a YoungLife team was winner of the bed race in 2016.
What was the key to winning the race?
“It’s all about that turn. Once you get down there, and you whip it around that turn, it’s got to be tight and it’s got to be precise, and you just have to power it through,” said Cowan, 22, Noblesville. He was among five team members of the winning entry.
He also gave credit to the bed’s builders. “It’s built out of aluminum. It’s got built-in steering.”
Cowan said, Da Club team borrowed the bed from “our friends who have done this every year.”
Those friends raced and won as Team Fuel, in 2018 with a team made up of Noblesville’s Jake Taylor, John Gangnon, John Hill, Bryce Campbell and rider Korrin Hult, which had five Darlington bed-race wins before that. The team wasn’t able to race this year.
Does Da Club have a place to display their new trophy?
Cowan said, “It’s going into my office at the Club.”
In tradition, Ninth Street on the Square on Friday night was blocked off and lined with bystanders, anticipating the start of the ninth annual Darlington Bed Race benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville.
This year’s bed race, once again, brought out the creativity.
Noblesville Preservation Alliance’s Team Harrell Hospital & Sanitorium, 1909-1951, played on the theme of the historic Noblesville hospital with a patient riding in the bed pushed by costumed runners dressed in white lab coats. While NPA wasn’t the fastest in the race, the entry earned the team the People’s Choice award for the third consecutive year. The NPA team in 2017 took the People’s Choice, with its maids and butlers pushing a Victorian lady on a canopy bed, and in 2018 took the People’s Choice, reminiscent of the Gay Nineties, or 1890s, with costumed runners in old-fashioned bathing suits, pushing a bathing beauty in a boat.
YoungLife featured “YoungLife skit characters,” including Grant Goodman, a YoungLife director, in this popular runner-up entry, with team members dressed in fun, random costumes that included Santa and a hot dog.
NPA, Da Club and YoungLife were three of 10 teams that brought customized beds on wheels that they would race halfway down the block, turn around and quickly push to the start-finish line. Other teams included: Gaylor Electric, The Sharks from Noblesville Parks, The War Dogs from the U.S. Army, The Parker Barkers from Parker Media/Mortgage, The Marines, Aspen for Trouble from Aspen Creek Gill, and Jiffy Lube of Noblesville.
The competition became more intense with each and every heat in the race that raised a record $8,500 for the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville, said Abigail Stutesman, the club’s unit director, who coordinated the race.
It was a new track record.
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