What better way to kick off the holiday season then with a bike ride to benefit the greater community?
Coming up first, on Saturday, Nov. 17, is Seattle’s Third Annual Cranksgiving, a pedal-powered food drive and scavenger hunt to benefit the Rainier Valley Food Bank. 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 is organizing Seattle’s Cranksgiving ride for a third year in a row, and has turned the event into 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.
When: Saturday, Nov. 17. Registration is at 11 a.m. Ride starts at noon.
Where: Meet at Gas Works Park, end in Columbia City.
Pace: Up to you.
Route: There is no set route, only a list of food outlets and items (and, new this year, photo challenges, so bring a camera).
9th annual Seattle Thanksgiving Day Ride
Join members of the Seattle cycling community for the 9th annual Seattle Thanksgiving Day Ride to benefit Northwest Harvest. The spirit of the ride is to recognize how fortunate we are to have the time and money to enjoy cycling as a great recreational activity, and this is a time for us to give to those less fortunate.
The suggested donation is $10 per rider, but whatever you can give would be a great help. In the past, the Seattle cycling community has contributed up to $1,500 to Northwest Harvest.
When: 9 a.m. Thursday 24th November
Where: Leschi Starbucks
Pace: Social pace
Route: South end of Lake Washington