Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on November 25th, 2013 at 11:20 am
(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: