Roxzanne Abbott Feagan (check out Real People Doing Cool Things) posted a heads up that Cranksgiving is this weekend.
Cranks what? Never heard of Cranksgiving? Cranksgiving is a chance to do a good deed while racing on your bike.
According to the Cranksgiving Omaha blog:
“It’s a race … of sorts. Each rider gets a list of 10 items that must be purchased, each from a different store. (Where you get them is fine, 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). There will, however, be prizes.
“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.’”
To see photos from Cranksgiving 2010, check The Biking Fools out.
The even is this Saturday, Nov. 12. It starts at noon and lasts until you get back to the starting line, which is Bike Masters at 129th and Fort streets in Omaha.
As mentioned above, it’s free to participate. What you buy during the race is what you’ll pay.
According to Event Director Perry Mitchell, “We encourage people of all ages and abilities to participate in this positive and supportive annual event!”
There is the option – if you’re not the “bike in cold weather” kind of person – to donate online. The Cranksgiving blog site directs people to donate via the Omaha Food Bank’s (now Food Bank for the Heartland) virtual grocery store. In the Special Instructions box, be sure to add CRANKSGIVING OMAHA. You will need to have a PayPal account to donate that way.
So, let’s sum up what this event:
When: Saturday, Nov. 12, noon and lasts until you get back. Registration starts at 11 a.m.
Where: Bike Masters at 129th and Fort streets in Omaha
What: Complete a 10-item scavenger hunt on your bike, collecting food items for the Omaha Food Bank. The bicycle riders will be donating money by purchasing food items at 10 different stores around the area. There will be prizes, food, and drink for all participants, as well as a chance to win a bicycle raffled off by Bike Masters.
Why: Because the need is great and you are a good person with a bike. Also, “about 21,900 different people in Food Bank for the Heartland’s service area receive emergency food assistance in any given week. Additionally, 74 percent of pantries and 43 percent of shelters reported an increase in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites since 2006.” (Data from Feeding America’s 2010 Hunger in America Survey and Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity 2011)
If you have questions about Cranksgiving, contact Mitchell at (402) 936-3909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.