One of New York City’s premiere messenger style alley cat race is coming to NYC November 19th, with a different twist. It’s called Cranksgiving and every year the race participants, instead of just whipping through checkpoints, have to gather food items affiliated with a thanksgiving meal. Then all money and food is donated to charity.
Here is an article about it from 2009. An Outlaw Street Race for a Good Cause–New York Times.
A little info from the Cranksgiving website.
Cranksgiving is a charity bike ride that began in 1999, organized by New York City bike messengers. Food is collected at grocery store “checkpoints” and then donated to a soup kitchen at the end of the ride. All kinds of cyclists are welcome! There is no set course, and you can ride at your own pace. The event benefits 5 charities including City Harvest, The New York Bike Messenger Foundation, Nazareth Housing, Yorkville Common Pantry, and St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen.
Cranksgiving takes place in 19 other cities (for a complete listing, check the website) and one recently went down in St. Louis (Nov. 6th) with 700 riders.
An article from the Stltoday.com
Check out the Facebook page, where so far-106 people are attending.