Thursday, September 13, 2012

Kansas City Bicyclists Hit the Streets to stock Food Bank Shelves in the Sixth Annual Cranksgiving Alleycat Race.

Who:Bicyclists from around Kansas City

Where: Anita Gorman Discovery Center,4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO
When: November 17, 2012 12:30 pm
What:Bicycle Alleycat Race to support St. Peter’s Food Pantry

Cranksgiving Alleycat Race

November 17, 2012 12:30 pm

On Kansas City, Missouri  November 17, 2012 - For the seventh year in a row, bicyclists in Kansas City will ride an Alleycat race through the city, starting at the Anita Gorman Discovery Center at 48th and Troost stopping at grocery stores to pick up one or two items and rolling on to another, visiting up to 10 stores before finishing at St. Peter's Legacy Center at 6415 Holmes Road. Groceries will be donated to St. Peter’s Food Bank.

Cranksgiving, first organized in New York City in 1999 ,by Antonio Rodrigues and continues to be run there. After Rodrigues moved to York, PA, the event spread to there as well as to Des Moines,IA, St. Louis and other cities throughout the country.

The first Cranksgiving in Kansas City was started by local photographer and cyclist Michael Forrester, with Grant Redwine and Jason Wingate. The race brought together riders from the various communities within Kansas City area cycling. The following year, the Greater Kansas City Bicycle Federation and 816 Bicycle Collective began organizing Cranksgiving.

In 2009, riders filled the stage at the Brick with food donations. “In the first event,” says director Jeff Perry, “we gathered foods for a Thanksgiving dinner. It seems that hunger has become a larger problem, so now I ask the riders to gather staples like peanut butter, soup and cereal. Another item that the food banks have asked for in the past is soap and other personal care products, because people can’t use their food stamps for those.”

In 2010, riders collected nearly a ton of food, as they finished at St. Peter’s.The Knights of Columbus supported the ride by counting and weighing each rider’s load.

Alleycat races started as a competition between bicycle messengers and involve a number of check points, much like a typical work day in a messengers life. At Cranksgiving, riders are given a manifest that has a list of grocery stores and items to purchase. Riders will start riding at 1PM and finish at St. Peter’s at 3PM. Methods of carrying groceries vary from messenger bags and backpacks to baskets, panniers and even cargo trailers.

Riders pay no entry fee and register the day of the event, receiving a spoke card and manifest.

For additional information
Contact Jeff Perry, cell 816-807-7276 or


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