Fans of the Boothbay Harbor Bed Races have reason to celebrate this week with the announcement that the races are returning. The 2012 bed races scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. will follow an early morning of shopping during the annual Early Bird Sale in downtown Boothbay Harbor.
The race course will once again be run along the length of Howard Street and will include the famed 180 degree turn in the course. In past years, the hairpin turn has often decided the race, with wheels spinning and riders clinging to the headboard in an effort not to be tossed on to the tarmac.
The 2012 races are unsanctioned. The winning team will not receive any points toward the National Confederation of Bed Races standings, but the winning team will receive the golden pillow trophy, and experience the thrill of victory. Other entrants will, of course, understand the agony of defeat.