Cranksgiving

Milwaukee will be hosting it’s third annual Cranksgiving alleycat race this November. Started in Milwaukee by Steve Kasprzyk with Megabolt, a group that raises money for benefits and other local charities, this alleycat race helps raise hundreds of non-perishable food items to be donated to a local food pantry.

Steve recently relocated to Portland this summer, and good friend Josh Weis will be organizing this year’s event. Feel free to be in touch with him at josh_weis@hotmail.com with any questions, volunteer help, or sponsorship inquiries.

Last year had nearly 70 riders, donating well over 1000 pounds of food. Hopefully a lot of you can make it out and participate helping out those in need in this fun, charitable race. Milwaukee Bicycle Community cares, positive change through positive action.

Below is a quote from cranksgiving.net that briefly explains the roots of Cranksgiving 10+ years ago in NYC, and does a great job summing up what this alleycat is all about.

“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. It is one of the only alleycats focused on raising donations for good causes. 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.

Even though the roots of Cranksgiving began among hard working messengers, with its spread the event also demonstrates how almost any person can use their bicycle as a means of transportation for typical
shopping errands. As a result, cycling reduces an individual’s dependence on expensive automobiles and the ever increasing cost of gas. Riding a bicycle also contributes to a person’s good health through exercise and the resulting reduction of air and noise pollution. A bike also reconnects people to their communities by slowing them down a little and providing exposure to a person’s neighbors and surrounding environment.”

When: Saturday, November 6th 2010 3pm
What: Cranksgiving 2010
Where: Lakeshore State Park, Milwaukee, WI (behind Summerfest grounds)
Description: Registration at 3pm. There will be an A class and a B class, so all levels of riders are encouraged to come! There’s no entry fee, but you’ll need around $15-20 to cover the grocery items you’ll need to pick up at the checkpoints.
Link: http://www.facebook.com/?sk=events#!/event.php?eid=112632685462683&ref=ts

Check back on the Cranksgiving 2010 facebook event page as more information on the event, volunteering, sponsors, etc. is posted. You can also follow Cranksgiving 2010 on twitter.

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