Cranksgiving Bike Ride for Homeless Takes Off from County Hall Saturday

Crank for the homeless. But the good kind of crank. The kind that has more than a 100 bike riders cranking around town collecting food for the less fortunate in the second annual Cranksgiving Food Drive. After raising over $1,000 last year with close to 100 riders, organizers are confident the event will get bigger as momentum builds and cycling becomes even more popular in South Florida. 

"Everyone felt ecstatic riding for a great cause and being a part of something which unselfishly helps the local community," says organizer Rydel Deed (yeah, great name for rider who does good deeds). He describes the event as part scavenger hunt, part bike race with active participation from everyone.

"The riders must go by bicycle to grocery stores, make purchases, carry the non-perishable food items in their bags, and deliver them to the Camillus House," Deed says.
There is no set course but you will definitely get a work out as anywhere from 10 to 17 miles are pedaled. Check out the video from last year to see the LeMans type start to the event.

Cranksgiving Miami 2009 from rydel high on Vimeo.

Prizes are issued to fastest and most charitable riders, so even if you're no Lance Armstrong, you can ride away with something to show for your good deeds. "This is great because the rider who spent the most money is guaranteed some prizes without having to rely on his or her speed," Deed says.

The ride takes off at 2:30 p.m. (sign-up at 2 p.m.) Saturday from the Government Center. Riders get a map of grocery stores they will be visiting plus a shopping list of items to buy. There is no registration fee but riders need $10 to purchase the items and must show up with a bag to carry the items and a bike lock. RSVP on Facebook.

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