Cranksgiving Portland 2010

What is Cranksgiving?? It's a race ... of sorts. Each rider gets a list of items that must be purchased, each from a different store. You just can't get two from the same place. First one back wins. After the race, when everything is tallied and totaled, all of the food purchased goes to the local Food Bank. There's no entry fee -- you'll just pay for what you buy (15-20 bucks). (That's what the "fee" shown here represents.) You're going to go ride anyway, right? Just pick up some food along the way and help us help a lot of people who don't have the luxury of jumping on a bike 'just for fun.' The race will start at Allspeed Cyclery on Auburn Street, and end at
Project F.E.E.D., our featured food bank, which is housed at Woodfords Congegregational Church on Woodford Street. The stores are mostly near or on the peninsula. Participants will receive a map at the start of the race with grocery stores locations & a shopping list (manifest). Riders will go to 5 grocery store checkpoints and buy non-perishable food items from the manifest. There is no registration fee, the $20 goes to purchase the items. All collected goods will be donated to
Project F.E.E.D. at the end of the race. This is for a great cause and at the same time shines a positive spotlight on the local cycling community. You will be required to keep all receipts.
Bring: $20 for purchasing items, a bag, and a bike. Locks and helmets are recommended. The race is about 8 miles, speed is an obvious advantage but knowing your way around the city & the aisles of a supermarket can also help you significantly. For those who prefer not to ride really fast it's okay. If speed is not your thing you can ride the event as a scavenger hunt instead of a race. Can't race? Too Cold? Stop by and drop of some canned goods! A history of Cranksgiving can be found
here.

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  • John B.

    Hey, all, I'm so happy this was such a huge success!! Even media coverage -- cool!! I regret I could not be there, but next year we'll plan further in advance and I'll make sure my calendar is clear; I want to join it too!

    November 21, 2010

  • Dylan

    Another video from Allspeed
    http://www.blip.tv/file/4411702­

    1 · November 21, 2010

  • tucker l.

    hey, we made the news!!!

    http://www.wgme.com/newsroom/to...­

    1 · November 21, 2010

  • Derek P.

    We had a ton of fun doing this, and appreciated how well organized this was, too. We would definitely do it again next year. We found this to be a very family-friendly event. Hopefully next year we can get some other families to do it as well. Our only suggestion would be to have the BBQ at the finish line.

    November 21, 2010

  • Julie F.

    We all had a good rip around town! This event was a huge gulp of fresh air that brought good the hungry, made people smile, and gave cyclists a chance to get creative with strategy. I would not miss this next year. Dylan and his friends deserve a lot of credit for running the show. It was so organized and smooth. There were many moving pieces to puzzle out and he attended to all of the details. Impressive.

    November 21, 2010

  • Dylan

    Photos and results:
    www.cranksgivingportland.blogspot.­com

    November 21, 2010

  • mike

    A+++ WOULD RIDE AGAIN

    November 21, 2010

  • Dylan

    Channel 13 had a clip on the news tonight, it can be found here : http://www.wgme.com/newsroom/to...­

    November 20, 2010

  • Derek P.

    Yes, we had a great time. Thanks to everyone for organizing such a great event, especially on such short notice!

    November 20, 2010

  • Dylan

    Thanks to all that came out and participated! Hope you had fun, Project FEED was very happy with the donations! Check the Cranksgiving website for Race results, photos and food totals!
    www.cranksgivingportland.blogspot.­com

    November 20, 2010

  • Mary

    Totally AWESOME event!

    November 20, 2010

  • tucker l.

    Good crowd, cool race idea, a good cause and free beers to boot - i had a blast....thanks to all who put it on.

    November 20, 2010

  • Lincoln P.

    Especially considering the short notice and the fact that this was the first year, this was a remarkably successful event from a rider's perspective and, apparently, from that of Project Feed: Two grocery carts overflowing with food -- and a small child, though presumably the child is not being given away. This bodes well for next year when we'll have plenty of time to get the word out. Kudos to Dylan, Mandy, Chris and Mike, and Allspeed and the other shops that contributed prizes for all their efforts pulling this off, and for the coffee, food and beer. Have a great Thanksgiving. Wheels Down!

    November 20, 2010

  • Dylan

    Start time is firm for anyone that wants to be eligible for "winning" the race, you are more than welcome to start later and still run the race and perhaps win the "Most Generous Award" and still contribute.

    November 19, 2010

  • BarryD.

    Is the start time flexible? I have another volunteer event at 8am in Cape Elizabeth and may be 15-20 minutes late...

    November 19, 2010

  • denise

    just heard about this. sounds like fun. any women out there want to team up and do it together? i'm not into speed, but will do it as a scavenger hunt.

    contact denise ([masked])

    1 · November 19, 2010

  • Dylan

    The main thing tio remember is that this is a charity event, ride a bike, doante some canned goods and have a good time!
    Keep checking out the Cranksgiving Website for more race details as it draws closer: cranksgivingportland.blogspot.com

    1 · November 15, 2010

  • Derek P.

    That's great to know, John. Thanks. Glad we won't have to navigate the Washington Ave/Allen Ave intersection at the end of the ride, too.

    November 15, 2010

  • John B.

    BTW, I did a test ride with Dylan yesterday (11/14). The ride will start at Allspeed and end at Project F.E.E.D. (Woodfords Church), but the stores are intown. Route is about 8 miles, depending on how you go. It took us about 2 hours overall, bike + store time, but we were not riding real fast.

    November 15, 2010

  • John B.

    Derek (and others), it is fine to do this as a scavenger hunt. There will be a variety of ways to "win" (and there will be prizes), not sure what exactly they all will be, but more than just speed. I know one will also be for the most generous. Maybe "largest family unit" could be another. Feel free to suggest that to Dylan, he's really the lead organizer for this one.

    November 15, 2010

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