What's Cranksgiving, you ask?
Cranksgiving is a national event that combines bike riding and giving back. This scavenger hunt/food drive will send teams of riders across the city to collect food items to benefit Moveable Feast and the Franciscan Center. Basically, it's all about food for people in need and riding bikes with friends, new and old.
What does the day look like?
12:30pm | Check in + day of registration at Charm City Meadworks
1:45pm | Pre-ride rules and kick-off
2:00pm | Biking food scavenger hunt throughout Baltimore
4:00pm | Receipts and food due at Charm City Meadworks
4:00pm - 6:00pm | Awards and after party at Charm City Meadworks
How does registration work? Do I need a team?
We encourage you to register online before the event! This is the only way to purchase a one of a kind t-shirt, and makes check in at the event much quicker.
October 28 - November 8 | Early bird online registration
This is the only way to purchase a Cranksgiving t-shirt!
November 8 - November 22 | Online registration
Makes check in at event way quicker!
November 23 | On site registration
Whether you register beforehand or day of, all participants must arrive between 12:30pm and 1:45pm in person on the day of the event to check in. You'll receive the manifest (the rules and locations) when checking in once all team members are present.
Riding is way more fun with friends, so Cranksgiving must be ridden with teams of 3 or 4. Don't have a team? Register as a free agent and we’ll help you find folks to ride with.
How does the scavenger hunt work?
When you check in, teams will be handed their manifests. On the manifest is a list of grocery stores and food items to purchase, each worth a certain number of points. The team with the highest number of points, in the shortest amount of time wins! The scavenger hunt ride will begin at 2pm and only teams who turn in their manifests, receipts and food by 4pm will be considered for prizes. Then stick around for the after party, where we'll announce the winners and prizes, and for drinks, food and celebration!
How much does it cost to participate?
By design, Cranksgiving is and will always be a free event — meaning Bikemore will never charge registration to participate. We do ask that each person on a team bring $10-15 to help purchase food items on the list. But how much you are able to spend is entirely up to you!
What should I bring?
- Working bike (or you can borrow one!)
- Bag to carry purchases (backpacks, panniers, baskets — whatever you have!)
- $10-15 for purchasing food items we will donate
- bike lock
Don’t have a bike?
Don’t worry! RecnParks will be partnering with us and will be lending bikes at the event. To make sure we have a bike for you, register online and note on your form that you need to borrow a bike.
Is it a race? I don't ride very fast. Will I still have fun?
Kinda. That's Ok! Absolutely! Cranksgiving is designed to be a social team event because what's more fun that riding through the city with some friends and giving back?!
What happens if it rains?
This is a rain or shine event. Riding in the rain/cold/wind makes you tough. So be tough and show up and ride, even if the weather isn't perfect.
Can’t ride but still want to help?
We need lots of volunteers to make the ride run smoothly! Sign up to volunteer.