Cranksgiving 2013 Round Up

Cranksgiving fever has spread across the country, even as far South as Puerto Rico.
Photo from @luispr199 from Instagram.

A video from Puerto Rico’s event:

The idea behind this event is to hold an alleycat messenger style race in live traffic and add an element to the checkpoints besides just having a manifest signed. Riders have to acquire food from grocery stores and delis, types of items that make up a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Those who complete all the checkpoints and gather all the food wins. This is really an “everybody Wins” event because all the food is donated to local charities for the hungry. It also makes for a less competitive race which encourages riders of all ages and skill levels and maybe gives participants an entry level of an alleycat race.

Races have already been held in Seattle: (November 23rd, 2013)
From Seattle Bikeblog:
126 Cranksgiving riders haul 1,443 lbs of food to Rainier Valley Food Bank

By: Tom Fucoloro
November 23, 2013

2013 was the year that Cranksgiving broke. Seattleā€™s Fourth Cranksgiving exploded in size, with a stunning 126 people biking to grocery stores and food stands all across the city, buying food for Rainier Valley Food Bank.


Read more: here.

And Santa Cruz:
20131126-095634.jpg photo from Richard Madoner @cyclelicious.

Start of Santa Cruz race:

And Portland, Oregon. (
Portlanders Raise $1,500 For Charity With Cranksgiving Bike Ride.
By: Michael Andersen
November 25th, 2013


Organizers Tom McTighe and Laura Recker with the afternoon’s haul.
(Photos by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

In an event organizers said might be the first of a new tradition of charity-oriented bike fun in Portland, 96 cheerful people pedaled across the city Saturday to gather an assigned list of goods from the city’s grocery stores and co-ops.

The alleycat-inspired game, which was part of a 14-year-old American tradition called Cranksgiving, brought in $1,573 worth of dry goods for Outside In, a local nonprofit that helps homeless young people and other marginalized Portlanders.

Read more: here.

Saint Louis, MO: (November 3rd, 2013) Website.


Los Angeles representing: (November 20th, 2013)
Cranksgiving 2010 Flyer

In Chicago: (November 23rd, 2013)
From the Chicago Reader: On the scene at Cranksgiving Chicago, the annual “food drive on two wheels”

NYC’s was held last Saturday (November 23rd, 2013) and hosted by the prolific bike organizer, Ken Stanek.

20131126-130327.jpg photo by: Sara Kinney on Flickr.
305 riders came out and raised food and money for neighborhood food pantries and hunger fighting organizations in NYC: City Harvest, NY Foundling and Nazareth House. These are very active organizations looking for more donations and volunteers especially through the holidays. You can also follow along the action on twitter using the search hashtag #feedourpeople.

A little news style video from Averi Harper:

cranksgiving from Averi Harper on Vimeo.

Some events still to come such as San Francisco which calls it’s event the Super Market Street Sweep happening December 7th.

More info:

and going worldwide with Budapest, Hungary (get it Hungary-food drive…) December 14th.

Facebook event page.

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