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CNN Today

Bedlam Comes to Brazil

Aired January 11, 2000 - 2:55 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, our final report is a report about a cooky bed race. I don't know if a bed race could not be a cooky.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Well, CNN's Denise Dillon has the story, and she says you snooze you lose.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

DENISE DILLON, CNN ANCHOR: The competitors in Rio de Janeiro's annual bed race have anything but sleep on their minds. They nervously go through the final preparations, making sure they tucked in all the corners on their unusual looking bed.

And you thought your mattress was hard.

This year's competition had a millennium theme: all the participants dressed as famous people from the past century, including Mickey Mouse, Mother Teresa, and of course the king of rock'n'roll, Elvis.

And they're off. The teams are made up of two people. If you're the one on the bed, the key is to tuck yourself in and hold on tight. As for their partner, well, let's just hope they had a good night's sleep, because they have to push the bed 400 meters down the street in an all-out sprint.

In the preliminary round, it seemed appropriate enough that the bed shaped liked a Formula One racing car won. But don't give him the checkered flag yet. He's got some stiff competition in the finals.

In the last race of the day, crossing the finish line first, is Pele. Well, we all knew he could run with a soccer ball. Why not with a bed?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): This is in honor of Pele, because he is the king and an idol. He always was and he always will be one.

DILLON: The winning team is awarded a beautiful trophy, probably something they've always dreamt about.

Denise Dillon, CNN.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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