Cranks­giv­ing event com­bines bike race, scav­enger hunt for a good cause

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION - By Olivia Har­low ohar­low@sfnewmex­i­can.com

Scores of cy­clists — some dressed as tur­keys — are ex­pected to ride around Santa Fe on Sat­ur­day for the 10th an­nual Cranks­giv­ing, a low-key bike race and scav­enger hunt for a cause.

Par­tic­i­pants will ride to lo­cal gro­cery stores and gas sta­tions, rac­ing to col­lect as many food items as pos­si­ble in a three-hour com­pe­ti­tion de­signed to help The Food De­pot, a Santa Fe-based re­gional food bank, cre­ate Thanks­giv­ing meals for low-in­come fam­i­lies.

It’s just one of many food drives in the com­mu­nity to aid those in need for Thanks­giv­ing.

Nathalie Nuñez, a mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ist at Bi­cy­cle Tech­nolo­gies In­ter­na­tional, one of the spon­sors of Cranks­giv­ing, said of all the com­pany’s fundrais­ers, “this is the most en­gag­ing for the larger com­mu­nity.”

Last year’s event, which drew about 70 par­tic­i­pants, brought in a record 1,100 pounds of food, Nuñez said. She hopes to sur­pass that num­ber this go-around.

Dot Greene, events and out­reach co­or­di­na­tor at the Food De­pot, said Cranks­giv­ing’s im­pact is sig­nif­i­cant.

A typ­i­cal three-week food drive gen­er­ally brings in about 300 pounds of food, she said. To get over 1,000 pounds in a sin­gle day — “that’s enor­mous.”

For cy­clists, there is also a com­pet­i­tive an­gle. Prizes are awarded in sev­eral cat­e­gories: the fastest fe­male or male, the fastest team, the best cos­tume and the most food col­lected are just a hand­ful, Nuñez said.

Bonus points are awarded those who find spe­cific scav­enger hunt list­ings and com­plete chal­lenges cre­ated by lo­cal bike shops.

“There are some brag­ging rights,” said Dan Vance, who has par­tic­i­pated in Cranks­giv­ing.

“When my legs hurt and I’m su­per tired,” he added, “I know I hauled this food in that will help fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity.”

IF YOU GO

What: Cranks­giv­ing, a char­ity event that sends cy­clists on a scav­enger hunt to gather Thanks­giv­ing food items for The Food De­pot. Par­tic­i­pants are asked to bring $20 to $25 and are en­cour­aged to wear cos­tumes. When: Regis­tra­tion be­gins at 10:30 a.m. Sat­ur­day, and the con­test be­gins at 11 a.m. Where: The event will be­gin at Sec­ond Street Brew­ery, 1814 Sec­ond St.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Par­tic­i­pants in Cranks­giv­ing gather for their scav­enger hunt at Back Road Pizza.

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