126 Cranksgiving riders haul 1,443 lbs of food to Rainier Valley Food Bank

Posted on November 25, 2013 by Tom Fucoloro

Source: Seattle Bike Blog

Photo from Rainier Valley Food Bank

Photo from Rainier Valley Food Bank

2013 was the year that Cranksgiving broke. Seattle’s Fourth Cranksgiving exploded in size, with a stunning 126 people biking to grocery stores and food stands all across the city, buying food for Rainier Valley Food Bank.

Folks at the food bank report that Cranksgiving riders biked them 1,443 pounds of food Saturday, dwarfing last year’s record haul of 500 pounds by 40 riders.

Big thanks to everyone who came out for the ride. I’ve been having a blast looking through all the photos people have been posting to the event page on Facebook.

Great weather, some wonderful and unexpected promotions from KEXP and Publicola, and the hard work of Kelli Refer in gathering prizes and spreading promotions led to far more participants than we were expecting. We ran out of everything, and our after party venue was bursting at the seams.

These were great problems to have, and shows us that Seattle’s Fifth Cranksgiving is going to need to be bigger and better. I can’t wait.

So many bikes at the after party. Photo by Merlin Rainwater.

So many bikes at the after party. Photo by Merlin Rainwater.

Big thanks to the event sponsors. This was the fourth year Seattle Bike Blog has sponsored and organized Seattle’s Cranksgiving. Ark Lodge Cinemas was very gracious in offering a space for the after party and in dealing with our far-larger-than-expected crowd. Bike Works saved the day by letting us borrow their temporary bike parking equipment (pictured above).

Prizes and support were donated by Alchemy GoodsPeddler Brewing CoG&O Family CycleryIva JeanSwift IndustriesRainbow Natural RemediesHub & BespokeEltana Bagels and Taking the Lane Media.

Photo by Stephen Eggers

Photo by Stephen Eggers

But most importantly, big thanks to Rainier Valley Food Bank for being a great community service, and thanks to all of you for helping out and making the day a big fun success!