Will bike for food

Saturday's weather forecast is calling for snow. But that shouldn't stop you from riding up to Cal Anderson Park for Seattle's second annual Cranksgiving. Because really, what better way to celebrate the coming of the holiday season than by bundling up and riding to the grocery store in support of a great cause?

From the Seattle Bike Blog:

Cranksgiving 2011 will be Saturday, November 19. Registration starts at 10 a.m., ride at 11. We will meet at Cal Anderson Park (east side near 11th and Howell).

It is free to enter, but expect to spend $10-20 (or more if you feeling generous) on groceries along the way.

Cranksgiving is a ride for everyone from racers and messengers to families and slow riders. It’s a celebration of goodwill and bicycles. It’s a test of your city navigation skills, but also a demonstration that the bike is a great way to accomplish simple errands like going to the grocery store.

Most of all, it’s about having a great time.

Riders will be given a map with grocery stores marked and a list of items to buy. The goal is to buy at least one item at each location and get to the finish line somewhere near Columbia City (you will find out where when the race starts).

The food will be donated to Rainier Valley Food Bank, which is having a big pre-Thanksgiving distribution that day. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of year for our city's food banks.

The first person to cross the line with all the items and receipts from each grocery will win a prize. There will also be prizes for the person who hauls in the most food, best costume and families. And maybe more, who knows?

Cascade will be there, giving out light and blinkies to make sure everyone stays safe on the road.

Invite your friends! And don't forget your hat and gloves.