Looking for a charity bicycle ride that doesn't involve pestering your friends, family, and coworkers for a donation or requires months of training. Then check out the 2011 Philly Cranksgiving, on Sunday November 20 at 11:30am. All you need to bring is a bicycle, a lock, a backpack or messenger bag, and $15.00 to make your purchases. Plus your knowledge of the streets of Philadelphia or a map. No entry fee required and all items will be donated to Philabundace.
Cranksgiving was first held in New York City in 1999. Each year it is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving 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. Since its beginnings it has been adopted by organizers in numerous cities in one form or another where all types of cyclists participate to have fun while benefiting a local charity.
Philly Cranksgiving requires you to navigate from Love Park to Tattooed Mom's on South St. You will be supplied with a manifest (shopping list) and purchase these items from check points (predesignated supermarkets), make sure to save the receipts as proof that you followed the route. The organizers have made a point that this is a ride and not a race, but there will be a reasonable time you must complete the course by.
Come and bring a friend, its a great ride and great test of your navigational skills.