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