In the summer of 2013 there were seven entries in the Long Lake Bed Races. Only one team could walk home with the trophy. The rules in Long Lake are simple. You beat everyone, you get a cash prize, glory, bragging rights and your team name engraved on the Bed Race Trophy on display year-round right in the Long Lake tourism office. The team gets an official photo holding the trophy and that’s it. That’s all the team contact with said trophy, but its enough to make the papers, make facebook, snapchat, twitter and everything else in between… but in 2013, something happened to that tradition. It was broken.
The Adk Trading Post team-members, begged and pleaded, (translation… whined) and the tough as nails (actually marshmallow-hearted) Director relented (got hoodwinked) and allowed the team to carry the Bed Race Trophy Cup around during the evening activities at the beach.
With one more final team photo opportunity and one last breath of effort, tinged with a slight affable charm, the team members begged the question to the director… the one question she didn’t want to answer
Team: Can we have the trophy all night?
Director.. (that’s me) “No.”
Team: Pretty Please.
Team: Come on, we promise.. nothing will happen to it.
Director: What makes me think I believe you?
Team: Because you’ve known us since we were born.
Director: Not all of you.
Director assesses the team and acquiesces, more out of sheer exhaustion and the desire to get rid of them.
Director: That trophy better be on my desk first thing Monday Morning.
Team: You bet!
Post 4th of July morning. Director drinks coffee while perusing Facebook news feed, spots some snippets of fb updates and chatter calling into question the whereabouts of said trophy. Director gives up and heads to boat, to get out on the lake, escaping the dreadful pit of fear enveloping her gut and the voices inside her head repeating… “the trophy is missing, the trophy is missing… ” and oddly a grace and calm overcame the director as she roared out into the lake leaving her worries behind…
Timeline: 24 hours later
Where the trophy went… well that’s up to the team to tell you, but it was not returned in a timely fashion and nor was it returned in the condition it left in.
It was recovered from the bottom of Long Lake in a diving expedition** after several months of being lost at sea. (ok, maybe a couple of weeks) ** much like the historic Buttercup Steamboat – see “Mystery of the Buttercup, a play, July 25th Long Lake Town Hall for details
The trophy was recovered.. albeit not be the same, but sometimes change is just fine. And the winged goddess of victory may have been torn mercilessly from her trophy base, but she was re-attached with electrical tape and returned with a lifejacket, symbolizing her return to her rightful place after an accidental swim to the bottom of Long Lake.
Luckily due to a generous donation the PRT department was able to order a new Bed Race Trophy Cup and will start all over again in 2014.
In 2014, teams will have their photo taken with the new trophy, a plaque engraved and it will remain on display in the town offices, under 24/7 lock and key.