Bring to Orlando: Cranksgiving

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For over a decade, the New York Bike Messenger Foundation (NYBMF), a 501(c) 3, has successfully organized Cranksgiving, a charitable alleycat race held in New York City. During the race each bicycle racer navigates his or her way to numerous grocery stores spread out across Manhattan, purchases designated food items at each store, arrives at the finish line with a bag full of Thanksgiving dinner ingredients -- and, finally -- donates all of the purchased food to a homeless shelter.

With 106 racers, last year was the biggest Cranksgiving to date, and New York City's largest alleycat for 2008. Over $1000 worth of food was donated to Saint Mary's Soup Kitchen on the Lower East Side and, in addition, two women and children's charities (Nazareth Housing & Hudson Guild) received over 100 jars of baby food each. Additionally, $1682 was raised for City Harvest and $420 was raised for NYBMF. With an anticipated 200 racers, it is hoped that twice as much food will be donated in time for 2009’s Thanksgiving celebration.

Bicycle Messengers, commuters and recreational cyclists looking to do a greater good will compete against one another in this city wide alleycat format race, while donating food for less fortunate New Yorkers this holiday season. All you need to do to participate is show up, register, and race.

Registration and start: Madison Square Park
Madison Avenue and 25th Street, Manhattan
2p registration, 3p start, ends at 4p at 440 Grand, Manhattan; $free

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