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Family Promise Bed Race returns to Lawrenceville

In this 2013 file photo, Team Holy Rollers led by driver Tony Daughtry and pushers Mike Dussling, Bill Murphy, Steve Fluevog and Shane Moncrief compete against the Shamrockmobile around the Gwinnett’s Historic Courthouse during a competitive bed race in Lawrenceville last year.

In this 2013 file photo, Team Holy Rollers led by driver Tony Daughtry and pushers Mike Dussling, Bill Murphy, Steve Fluevog and Shane Moncrief compete against the Shamrockmobile around the Gwinnett’s Historic Courthouse during a competitive bed race in Lawrenceville last year.

The Fifth Annual Bed Race hosted by Family Promise of Gwinnett and benefiting homeless families will hit the streets of Lawrenceville again on March 29.

“This is an extremely fun way to raise money and get the community involved, and it’s a great day for families,” said Chuck Ferraro, Director of Family Promise and organizer of the race.

Around 3,000 spectators gathered at the Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville last year to watch teams race themed beds. Last year’s winner Bed of Moses, displaying stone tablets of the Ten Commandments and Moses in the driver seat, will be competing again for the fourth year. Cliff Ramos, Director of Wrestling at Greater Atlanta Christian School, will put back on his wig and fake beard to play Moses.

“It is just a fun day with kids running all around, and it is such a good cause.” Ramos said.”It’s really fun for me because two of my sons and two wrestlers I coached are the pushers and it’s a reunion for us each year.”

Family Promise of Gwinnett puts on the race to raise awareness about homelessness, and proceeds go to benefit homeless families. Last year the organization raised $31,000 and this year’s goal is to raise $50,000.

In addition to youth and adult categories, there will be a divinity category for clergy this year. WSB TV’s David Chandley will be back as the grand marshall and WSB is racing a bed. The race is being held during the New Lawrenceville Spring Green Festival, so there will be craft booths, family activities, and food as well.

“We will be there rain or shine,” Ferraro said, “and looking forward to another great year.”

Registration for team beds is open until March 25, and those interested can visit familypromisegwinnett.org.