Cranksgiving 2012: Seattle’s bike-powered food drive & scavenger hunt

We hauled 500 pounds of food in 2012! See more about the day here.

Seattle’s Third Annual Cranksgiving is November 17. Registration is at 11 a.m. Ride starts at noon. Meet at Gas Works Park, end in Columbia City.

Ride in teams (6 people max) or solo. Bike around town on a scavenger hunt, getting as many of the listed food items from as as many of the listed food sellers as you can before the time is up.

We are expanding the rules and challenges this year. Bring a digital camera or camera phone, as well as a way to haul groceries on your bike. Costumes are encouraged.

Sponsors include:

The after party will be held at Full Tilt Ice Cream in Columbia City (family friendly + beer!)

This page will be updated as more details develop. Also, share the Facebook event with your friends!

What is Cranksgiving?

Cranksgiving began on the east coast in 1999. Since then, the idea has spread to cities all across the country and has taken on many forms from competitive alleycats to huge family-friendly rides run by bike clubs. Seattle Bike Blog organized Seattle’s first Cranksgiving ride in 2010.

In Seattle, the ride is a fun scavenger hunt that takes people all around the city buying food items from a list of various local and unique food sellers. While there are prizes for those who like to compete, most participants are simply in it for the fun, the good company and to give what they can on Rainier Valley Food Bank’s biggest food distribution day of the year.

There is no set route, only a list of food outlets and items (and, new this year, photo challenges, so bring a camera). The ride is free to enter, but you will need to buy food during your adventure. Buy items from as many outlets as you can and get to the finish line before the time runs out. And, of course, you are encouraged to wear a costume.

Stay tuned for more details as the date gets closer.