Cranksgiving event combines bike race, scavenger hunt for a good cause
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.
Participants in Cranksgiving gather for their scavenger hunt at Back Road Pizza.