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Nuns Naperville Bed Race

December 20, 2011 by staff 

Nuns Naperville Bed Race, The crowd gathered for the bed races during the annual Naper Days festival roared with enthusiasm as the two remaining teams prepared to compete in the final race of the morning competition along Porter Avenue in downtown Naperville.

The crowd gathered for the bed races during the annual Naper Days festival roared with enthusiasm as the two remaining teams prepared to compete in the final race of the morning competition along Porter Avenue in downtown Naperville.

On one side of the starting line was the Nuns on the Run team of St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville and on the other side was the 300 South Spartan Warriors of Naperville’s South Chamber Alliance. With no steering mechanisms or mechanical propulsion devices, the racers relied on the sleek aerodynamic designs of the lightweight beds as well as the brute strength and quickness of those pushing the homemade crafts.

When the neck and neck teams reached the end of the 50-yard stretch of pavement, the judges at the finish line couldn’t determine the winner. After a few moments, the chief judge declared, “Do over.”

After the second championship race concluded, the winner was clear to everyone gathered for the June 16 competition. Their habit for prayer paid off. The nuns had won the title.

“We did it. Yeah,” said Carmelite Sister Raphael Schmitz, the bed pilot. The nun, who works in the activities department at the Naperville retirement facility, was wearing a green boa and a lime T-shirt with the Nuns on the Run logo over her white habit.

Situated atop the mattress, Sister Schmitz held on tight as the teenage boys, who were pushing the bed, dashed toward the finish line. “I knew I was in good hands,” said the courageous nun, speaking about her young teammates.

One of the teen’s fathers, Andy Bazan, converted a yard cart into the racing bed. After the race, the member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Naperville mentioned that he already has ideas for making the vehicle faster for next year. “We have to make some changes,” he said.

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