Annual Cranksgiving in Portland, Maine
Cranksgiving Portland has been a huge success with cyclists contributing over one thousand dollars worth of non-perishable items for the Portland food pantry, Project FEED, including much needed turkeys with all the fixings. Join in the fun!
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Individuals and teams composed of forty-one bicycle riders of all ages and abilities descended on downtown Portland, purchasing canned goods at different locations and racing to the finish. There were road bikes, tandem bikes, mountain bikes, training wheels, and trailers with toddlers in tow, all contributing to Project FEED.
Allspeed Cyclery and Snow sponsored the event providing free pre-race bike checks for the participants and donating two hundred and fifty dollars worth of prizes for the top finisher, the person transporting the most turkeys, as well as other prizes raffled off to all participants.
With demand high and resources low, this event provided a much-needed boost to Project FEED during one of their busier times of the year especially since the pantry’s normal source of turkeys is unavailable.
One of the riders commented that he was motivated to ride because when he was young his mother was a single parent with MS and the family experienced hunger while he was growing up.
The annual event is organized by Dylan and Mandi Nickerson.