NEWBURYPORT — More than a dozen beds flew down Federal Street on Thursday evening but it wasn't a dream, it was the annual Newburyport Lions Club Bed Race.

The furniture fun run is organized by the club and features beds racing seven blocks down Federal Street from High Street to Liberty Street.

The Rowley Police Department's jail bed finished first with a time of 1:15:09, exactly .09 off its third-place finish last year.

"The sirens ended up working after we stopped," Sgt. Matt Ziev said. "Winning is outstanding. It was a lot of fun."

The Grog was racing on a bed frame made to look like an invading Martian fleet, complete with runners wearing green face paint and a baby doll being abducted.

"This is our spaceship," Grog server Phoebe Cox said. "Because The Grog is out of this world."

Cox and her fellow Martians took third place Thursday night with a time of 1:38:15 while Rocket Insights finished second with its NASA rocket bed at 1:22:04.

The Captain Dads Adventure Club won Best in Show for its bunk bed made up as a pirate ship, the sails of which clipped the trees as they ran down Federal Street.

Adventure Club member Rob Blount said the pirate ship bed was meant to inspire memories of Peter Pan.

"We are just a bunch of cool, good-looking dads," Blount said. "Half of us are (running this) for speed, half of us are (running it) for show. But I don't think we can actually win this. Aaarrggh!"

Firebrand Technologies CEO Fran Toolan led a group of employees made up as Little Red Riding Hood with the Big Bad Wolf lying in wait in the bed, all while handing out books to the crowd as they ran.

"We are a technology company that works with the book publishing industry," Toolan said. "We are about reading and endorsing literacy."

Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

Recommended for you