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Sat Nov 09 2019 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Big Grove Brewery (Iowa City Taproom)
Iowa City, IA


Nick Maddix


Party Ride

Distance - Rider's Choice (0 to 20 miles)

Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels: part bike ride, part food drive, and part scavenger hunt. It’s been held annually in New York City since 1999. Every year, throughout the country, Cranksgiving events help provide thousands of needy families with a wealth of food during the week of Thanksgiving. For the first year ever, Iowa City will be joining this national movement!

Come join your cycling friends on Saturday, November 9th (Rain date: Sunday, November 10th) at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City. Register online here or on-site at 11:00 a.m. on the day of the event. The official start will be 12:00 p.m. All of the items collected during the event will go to the CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank and to Table to Table in Iowa City.

Bring your bike, a helmet, a bag, a lock, your internal GPS, and around $20 to buy food and/or other necessities. You’ll be provided with a manifest listing various items to buy from specific grocery stores around town, as well as some optional destinations of your choosing. Take the time before the official start to plan your route! and time before the official start to strategize your route. At Noon, we'll blow the starting whistle and it'll be up to you to reach as many 'checkpoints' as possible and to grab the items off the list. Don't forget your receipt(s) as they will be needed to tally your items at the end! There will be individual awards, including the three fastest individuals, the "Big Spender", and possibly others, as well as a raffle drawing at the end. You don't *have* to race, you can go at your own pace as you like - just remember to return to Big Grove by 3:00 p.m. with whatever you were able to acquire.

If you'd rather not ride, but instead donate to the charities, you may do so on-site. A $20 minimal donation is highly encouraged, but please feel free to give whatever you can afford. Checks should be made out to: CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank and/or Table to Table (you are encouraged to give $10 to each organization).

Awards, recognition, and some words from our sponsors will begin sometime after 3:00 p.m. Afterwards, feel free to socialize and mingle at the establishment in celebration of your charitable good!

Have questions about the event? Contact the event manager, Nick Maddix, at, Hope to see you in November!

Thanks so much for supporting Cranksgiving in Iowa City!


You'll have to plan your own route beforehand, that's part of the challenge!


Big Grove Brewery (Iowa City Taproom)

1225 S Gilbert St
Iowa City, IA 52240


This event is completely FREE. Donations will be accepted for the CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank and Table to Table in Iowa City. (A recommended donation of $20 for one organization or $10 for both organizations is greatly appreciated, but is only a suggested amount. Please feel free to donate what you can afford).


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