DES MOINES, IOWA — Though you can always count on Thanksgiving happening on the fourth Thursday of November, it’s charitable counterpart Cranksgiving, the cycling community’s annual “family” gathering to support local charities, is coming a little early this year.
Cranksgiving is an Alley Cat bike race where participants ride to 10 different stores to purchase one grocery item at each store location, with the start and finish at Mars Café, 2318 University Avenue.
Registration will open at noon and the race will begin at 1:00 p.m. At registration, you will be given a map with surrounding stores to purchase the items, a list of items to purchase, a waiver to sign, a spoke card from Spoke 9, and the first 100 participants will receive a free Cranksgiving 2012 t-shirt provided by Rasmussen’s Bike Shop and T-Shirt Graphix. The categories for the race are Male, Female, Junior, Tandem, Family, Fixie, Single Speed, Out of Towner, and Best Costume. The winner in each category will win a golden sprocket.
When everyone has returned to Mars Café, we’ll celebrate by giving away lots of prizes from gift certificates to local restaurants to a brand new bike. You can purchase raffle tickets to win a New Belgium Fat Tire Bike or a custom bike created by Ichi Bike. Each ticket is $5 or five tickets for $20. You can purchase tickets before the event at Mars Café with cash only. You do not need to be present to win. Please print your name and phone number legibly on the back of the ticket(s). There will also be free-will-donation beer from New Belgium Brewery and Peace Tree Brewery for all who are 21 years of age or older.
This year, the goal is to help provide food and shelter to our community. All of the grocery items purchased during this event will be donated to the Des Moines Area Religious Council’s Move the Food program and all of the money raised from the beer donations and raffle ticket sales will be donated directly to Hawthorn Hill, a Des Moines housing program for homeless families with children to help them obtain permanent housing and achieve economic self-sufficiency.
For more information on the event, please call Rasmussen’s Bike Shop at (515) 277-2636 or find the event on Facebook at Des Moines Cranksgiving 2012.