The annual alleycat that races to get food to feed the hungry.
Here is a lengthy press release:
November 21, 2009 2pm
Madison Square Park, New York City
For over a decade, the New York Bike Messenger Foundation (NYBMF), a 501(c) 3, has successfully organized Cranksgiving, a charitable alleycat race held in New York City. During the race each bicycle racer navigates his or her way to numerous grocery stores spread out across Manhattan, purchases designated food items at each store, arrives at the finish line with a bag full of Thanksgiving dinner ingredients â€“ and, finally — donates all of the purchased food to a homeless shelter.
With 106 racers, last year was the biggest Cranksgiving to date, and New York City’s largest alleycat for 2008. Over $1000 worth of food was donated to Saint Mary’s Soup Kitchen on the Lower East Side and, in addition, two women & children’s charities (Nazareth Housing & Hudson Guild) received over 100 jars of baby food each. Additionally, $1682 was raised for City Harvest and $420 was raised for NYBMF. With an anticipated 200 racers, it is hoped that twice as much food will be donated in time for 2009â€™s Thanksgiving celebration.
On November 21, 2009 at 2pm, Cranksgiving racers will convene at Madison Square Park at the entrance of Madison Avenue and 25th street to register for the race. Here, they will plan their routes according to the race manifest which details the supermarket locations and required checkpoints. The race will begin promptly at 3pm and finish at Saint Maryâ€™s Soup Kitchen located at 440 Grand Street in Manhattan at approximately 4pm.
Sponsors including Kryptonite, Seagull Bags, Milwaukee Bikes, HoldFast, and Outlier have already donated prizes for participants, ensuring a highly competitive and exciting race turn out. It is hoped that corporate sponsors will also recognize the significance of their contributions to the causes of City harvest as well as the NYBMF and donate funds to help us raise more than the total rasied in 2009.
Bicycle Messengers, commuters and recreational cyclists looking to do a greater good will compete against one another in this city wide alleycat format race, while donating food for less fortunate New Yorkers this holiday season. All one needs to do to participate is show up, register, and race!