Back in 1999, the first Cranksgiving event began in New York City. It was a fun mixture of a casual bike ride, a scavenger hunt, and a food drive, and the event was immensely popular. In fact, Cranksgiving has spread far enough now that over three dozen events are taking place in North America this year. One of them takes place in Indianapolis, and it is happening this weekend.
Last year was the first Cranksgiving in Indianapolis, and it was the third largest event of its kind in the United States. The structure of our Cranksgiving event is that riders are given the locations of places in and around downtown Indianapolis to gather food items to carry back to the start/finish location (Indy Bike Hub at City Market) and donate to a food pantry. Depending on your creativity in making your route around the city, you can expect to be riding 10-15 miles.
It costs only $10 to register for Cranksgiving, and that entry fee essentially purchases some of the food that you will be collecting for the food pantries during the scavenger hunt. Kids aged 12 and under are FREE for this event, and you don’t have to have your own bike to participate in Cranksgiving. Event check in opens at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, and the riders depart at 10:30 a.m. We hope to see you there.