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Portlanders raise $1,500 for charity with Cranksgiving bike ride

Posted by on November 25th, 2013 at 11:20 am

Organizers Tom McTighe and Laura Recker with the afternoon’s haul.
(Photos by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

In an event organizers said might be the first of a new tradition of charity-oriented bike fun in Portland, 96 cheerful people pedaled across the city Saturday to gather an assigned list of goods from the city’s grocery stores and co-ops.

The alleycat-inspired game, which was part of a 14-year-old American tradition called Cranksgiving, brought in $1,573 worth of dry goods for Outside In, a local nonprofit that helps homeless young people and other marginalized Portlanders.

“This isn’t a race,” one organizer said at the start. “But because this is America, there’s going to be a prize for the first team back. And because this is Portland, there’s going to be a prize for the team with the best costumes.”

The leaders of the event, Laura Recker and Tom McTighe, are both relative newcomers to the Portland bike scene and were assisted by a few local veterans of it. They worked with Outside In to develop a list of much-needed items, including cream of mushroom soup, dried beans, adult underwear and olive oil. Teams of two to five each received a list of items to gather and a list of local businesses to get them from — one from each location. The destinations ranged from Western Bikeworks on Northwest 17th to New Seasons on Southeast Hawthorne, with plenty of points in between.

Before we set out on Saturday, teams received their lists:

We all plotted our strategies:

Two of the behind-the-scenes helpers, Zed Bailey (green sweater) and Halley Weaver (pink hair), made sure things were running smoothly:

Then we all headed out:

A couple hours later, everyone returned to the home base, Velo Cult, to turn in their items and receipts and refuel:

Meanwhile, Recker tallied the haul:

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  • Zed November 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks for supporting this event Bike Portland, VeloCult, Sellwood Cycle Repair, Showers Pass, Dave’s Killer Bread, Trigger Point Massage, Western Bike Works, Hollywood Theatre, Cinema 21, Black Star Bags, Missionary Chocolates and Shift2Bikes.

    Mad props also to Halley Weaver for helping connect this event with Outside In & Transition Projects.

    If I missed you, you are not forgotten.

    Let’s mash up bike culture again.

    ride on,


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  • BIKELEPTIC November 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks to everyone that shed their hats, gloves and coats! I was able to bag up FOUR HUGE hefty bags for Transition Projects!

    You can make donations to Transition Projects day center; 650 NW Irving. Here is their wish list.

    Transition Projects offers many services from having a resource center for homeless, engagement staff, access case management and transitional residential programs and more.

    Outside In; our benefactor of the food drive is a youth oriented at-risk and homeless program. They help with mental health, drug/alcohol, tattoo removal, job skills, case management, etc.

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  • Melissa November 26, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Awesome job, Laura!

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  • Joe November 26, 2013 at 10:58 am

    awesome :)

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  • BIKELEPTIC November 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Here’s my recap on the event:

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