Saturday, November 18 @ 12:00 PM
Ride to Help Those In Need
How It Works
Teams of at least two (2) participants will be given a map and/or manifest with designated store locations and a shopping list. Riders will bike to the multiple grocery store or market checkpoints, buy the food or other items from the checklist and bike to the finish line! Points will be earned based on the number of checkpoints you pass, the food you collect and the time it takes to reach the finish line. The team with the highest number of points wins!
- Registration: RSVP to this invite, $0 cost to register.
- Times: Check-in 12:00pm, Start 12:30pm. Finish varies on your route, average finishing times are around 3pm.
- Distance: 12 – 25 miles depending on your route. Knowing your way around the city and aisles of a supermarket will be advantageous.
- Cost: This is a DONATION. Recommended $20 per person and a minimum of $30 per team of 2. Bring CASH, some locations will not accept credit cards. Keep your receipts for all purchases. Tax receipts are available upon request from Miriam’s Kitchen.
How It Works
Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels. Held annually and across the nation, since 1999, Bike to the Beach launched Washington DC’s very own Cranksgiving in 2013. Since then, Bike to the Beach has teamed-p with One Love Massive and a number of community groups to host this important food drive to feed those in need.
Our version promotes cycling and supports our local community with Miriam’s Kitchen. It is part bike ride, part food drive, part scavenger hunt … an awesome event!
All of the food and items collected at local stores will be donated to Miriam’s Kitchen, a non-profit organization that serves Washington DC residents via a breakfast program, case management, and transitional housing and after-breakfast programs.
I've never done a ride like this before? How does it work?
You show up, check-in, join your team, grab a manifest, figure out the best route to the destinations, and start riding when we say “Start!”. Make sure you’ve got a bag and a lock, because you’re going to need to lock up your bike to run into stores.
What kind of bike do I need?
You can ride any kind of bike you want, including tandems, tall bikes, Capital Bike Share, etc.
How much does it cost to register?
It’s free to register, but you’ll need cash to buy food at the grocery stores. $20-$30 should be enough (but you can always buy more). Tax receipts for your donation purchases can be provided by Miriam’s Kitchen.
How do I create a team?
Teams are made up of at least 2 people. At time of check-in on the event day, check-in with your team. If you do not have a team, we will match you with a teammate.
Can I register in person?
Yes. Registration will also take place at the beginning of the event. Registration will begin at 12:00pm and the ride will begin at 12:30pm.
Why do we do this on bicycles?
Cranksgiving demonstrates how anyone can use their bicycle as a means of transportation for typical shopping errands. Cranksgiving participants will have a chance to reconnect to the DC community by allowing them to contribute to their community by slowing down a little and providing exposure to DC’s unique neighborhoods and shopping options.
What is the history of Cranksgiving?
Cranksgiving started as one of several annual bike messenger “alleycat” races in New York City. Each year it is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving as a way for messengers and other urban cyclists to socialize, compete, and enjoy themselves while also raising food for local soup kitchens or food pantries in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Ever since its beginnings in 1999 it has been adopted by organizers in numerous cities in one form or another where all types of cyclists participate to have fun while benefitting a local charity.