By Wendy ArevaloMay 16, 2017
Fort Huachuca, Arizona - The Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center team placed second in the fourth annual Douglas Days Bed Races May 13 in Douglas, Arizona.
RWBAHC was one of five teams that competed in the bed race as part of the Douglas Days festival. Douglas Days is an annual event that commemorates the day the city of Douglas was incorporated, and is one of the surrounding communities for Fort Huachuca.
The bed race is a team event. Four team members push a bed with wheels up the street, while one person rides on top of the bed wearing a helmet. The team that makes it to the end of the street first, wins.
RWBAHC's team included Lt. Col. Edgar G. Arroyo, Maj. Jerry Mayers, Maj. Matthew Marsh, Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Tally, Sgt. Jessica Wells (bed rider) and Sgt. Maj. Arnold Hill, who served as engineer, captain and coach.
The U.S. Border Patrol team placed first in the competition followed by RWBAHC. Douglas Fire Department placed third, Southwest Gas came in fourth with The Douglas Dungeon in fifth.
Jennifer Smith, Leisure Services manager for the city of Douglas Recreation Department, said in the last four years they've only had four teams participate, but this year with RWBAHC participating, they had five teams.
Smith said everyone was very happy to have a team from Fort Huachuca there.
"The city of Douglas thanks Fort Huachuca for coming out to participate in the 2017 bed races," Smith said. "They were excellent competitors placing second in the competition. We appreciate them coming out and supporting this event and hope to see them come out next year."