Five Reasons to Join the Cranksgiving Food Drive and Alleycat Race

The holidays are a whirlwind of tryptophan comas, Black Friday deals and Korbel-induced hangovers. It's way too easy to get so caught up in the hullabaloo and forget to remember what this season is all about: Love. Generosity. Giving thanks. All that sentimental jazz.

One way to show your unselfish side is with the Cranksgiving Bicycle Food Drive. This annual alleycat race is a scavenger hunt on wheels in which participants collect food for charity. And we've got five fantastic reasons why you should participate.

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5. It's just $10.

Let's face it, the $10 would probably otherwise feed your Starbucks addiction or go towards another overpriced lip gloss. Instead, you can spend the $10 on an incredibly worthy cause and buy yourself some good karma. Every stop along the route requires a spend of about $2 in non-perishable foodstuffs.

4. Scavenger hunts are awesome.

It's not often we use our deductive skills for anything other than getting out of a parking ticket. Alleycat races use lots of skills, mental and otherwise. Give the gears in your head -- and on your bike -- a good spin.

3. You can bond with new BFFs

Need some new friends? Who doesn't! You can mix and mingle with fellow charitable givers over an afternoon of cruising the city. It's a way better place to meet new people than the standard Miami options (we're so over hot yoga). Besides, the folks with the Miami Bike Scene (the hosts of the event) are all kinds of awesome.

2. There are prizes.

Ok, so it's not totally unselfish. Even if you're in it for the right reasons, prizes are still tons of fun. And the more charitable you are, the better your chances.

1. It's an amazing way to give back at Thanksgiving.

Most of us live a pretty abundant existence, and it's easy to forget that there are hungry people out there. But indeed there are, and right in our own backyard. All food collected during the race will benefit the very worthy Camillus House, who's been providing food, shelter and support to Miami's homeless population for more than 50 years.

If you join the action, you'll score a map of grocery stores and a shopping list. Using your $10, snag items off the list and the first rider to make it to the finish line with all the items is the afternoon's big winner. The race is from 10 to 17 miles long, depending on your route.

Those who aren't into racing are welcome, too. You can take it slow and easy if you'd rather, and there are also prizes for the most charitable participants. This race is more about the cause than the competition.

If you want to join in the altruistic affair, the ride kicks off on Saturday at Government Center, NW First St. and Second Ave. Riders need to bring bike locks and $10 for food. Registration is at 2 p.m. and the ride starts at 2:30 p.m. You can RSVP on Facebook.

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