Racers from each residence hall geared up to race in the 2019 Benedictine College Bed Races in competition for the Raven Cup. While the tradition is the same, several rules this year have changed.
Hopeful racers competed in one of three different divisions a men’s race, a women’s race, and a co-ed race.
Danielle Fennessy, the Interim Director of Student Activities and former RA, says the rule changes were made for the benefit of the students.
“The co-ed race has changed this year, so that at least 2 of the 5 legs have to be only men and 2 only women, and the last leg can be anyone,” Fennessy said. “This was done for the safety of the runners and riders.”
The Campus Activities Board has also worked to increase other safety measures this year. Each race had their own patrol car escort and all traffic was rerouted off Division Street. Additionally, the college closed offices at 4:00 pm and the main drive at 4:15 in order to eliminate traffic coming from campus.
“Benedictine has been working with Atchison Police Department to try to ensure a safe and quick Bed Race,” Fennessy said.