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Cranksgiving Pedal-Powered Food Drive In Santa Fe Nov. 12


SANTA FE — Last year was Santa Fe’s biggest cranksgiving yet, with riders donating the equivalent of 5.5 tons of food to The Food Depot! For 2023, organizers hope to top those results and have issued a public call for MORE TURKEYS.

Saturday Nov. 12 cyclists of all ages and abilities will gather in the railyard under the Water Tower, for the start of the prestigious 14th Annual Cranksgiving in Santa Fe. Also on that day, the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile will be joining us the railyard. Visitors will be able to tour this unique car and one lucky Cranksgiving participant will even get to take a ride in this unusual iconic vehicle.

To participate in Cranksgiving, individual riders and teams are provided with a list of non-perishable food items and go in search of the ingredients that make up a Thanksgiving dinner at local grocery and convenience stores. Hilarity ensures as bike riders with helmets and bags scramble to see who can complete their appointed holiday food shopping in the time allotted.


“We have so much fun with this event,” says Bill Lane, an organizer who works for national bicycle parts distributor BTI. “It started as a race, but we downplay that aspect, awarding riders made up points and final scores that often go into the negative!”

“During a month that is traditionally fraught with the stress of the start of the consumerist season, it’s awesome to be able to spread a little happiness to the beneficiaries of the Food Depot and within the local bike community,” the organizers said.


The growing list of sponsors for this year’s event includes BTI, Baywa.re (solar), the Pedal Queens, Atalaya Outfitters, the Santa Fe Area Homebuilders Association, and all three area Albertson’s Markets,

For more details on Cranksgiving in Santa Fe and to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/CranksgivingSantaFe/

How Can I Help?

There are a few ways that you can contribute:

First off, you can RIDE! Simply click on the SIGN UP TO RIDE link on our website, complete your free RSVP. Then, show up on event day to the appointed spot, and RIDE! Great fun! All ages welcome. It is recommended to bring 20-$25 to purchase groceries that will make up a holiday meal for a family in need.

If riding isn’t exactly your thing, but you’d like to contribute a turkey to this unusual holiday migration, click the DONATE link. Your donation will be making a family’s holiday that much brighter!


Cranksgiving started in New York City in 1999 as an alley cat race within the bike messenger community. the event Quickly took root other urban centers like Philly, Los Angeles, Boston as riders became captivated with this novel approach to giving back to their communities. Today there are over 100 independently organized events across the US each November. For more details visit: http://www.cranksgiving.org/

For more information, visit CranksgivingSantaFe.com or contact Nathalie Nunez or Bill Lane, 505.577.1350 or [email protected]

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