Cranksgiving Family Food Drive and Ride – Starts at 10:00 AM on Sunday, November 9 – Start/End at Schlafly Bottleworks

For the past 8 years St. Louis BWorks in cooperation with Schlafly has hosted the annual Cranksgiving food drive and family friendly bicycle ride to benefit Food Outreach.  Routes for families and beginners as well as advanced.  Ride and stop at participating grocers and purchase at least $20 worth of non-perishable food.


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Rider Release Form (A must have in order to participate):

Click here for the 2014 Cranksgiving Rider Release as a PDF file with 4/page.

What do I need to bring to Cranksgiving?

Individuals who want to participate in the bike portion of Cranksgiving need to bring a bicycle, helmet, and lock. A backpack is recommended if you’d like to carry the food items you purchase.

How much does it cost to participate?

Cranksgiving is a free event, however riders are asked to bring $15 – $20 with which to purchase food items to be donated to Food Outreach. This is a food drive after all!

When does the ride begin?

The ride starts at 10:00 a.m. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Printable registration forms are available to fill out in advance and drop off at the registration table in the morning.

Where do we park?

Some parking will be available in Schlafly’s lot. Parking is also available along Manchester and other major streets. This is a residential area so please be respectful of resident parking and reserved business lots. If you live nearby, ride over!

What if I can’t participate in the ride but want to contribute?

If you are unable to join the ride but would like to contribute you can either donate food items or lend your time by volunteering at the event. Food and cash donations can be dropped off the day of the event or at BWorks beforehand. If you’d like to volunteer, visit our Facebook page for more information!

Do I have to carry all of the things I buy?

There will be grocery stores on each route that have food SAG. These are locations where you can purchase items and give them to a volunteer to transport back to the start/finish. We will not keep track of who purchases what, we will only be collecting on the spot. Riders may choose to carry all of the items they purchase back to the start/finish if they wish.

How far do we ride? How do I know where to go?

BWorks has planned routes starting at 5 miles and going all the way up to 25 miles. Please choose the route that is most appropriate for your skill, fitness, and experience level. Maps will be given at registration to help you along the way.

What happens if I get a flat tire or have an issue with my bike?

The Alpine Shop is generously providing SAG (support and gear) for the ride. If you have an issue on the road, they can assist you. Please remember to air up tires and do a safety check before you arrive.

Where does the food I purchase go?

The food items purchased at Cranksgiving are all donated directly to Food Outreach, a St. Louis area organization providing nutrition support for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS or undergoing cancer treatment.

What happens after the ride is over?

We hope you will join us in watching as the food pile grows! Bottle Works has a full service restaurant that is generously donating 10% of sales to the cause. BWorks has activities planned for children after the event and will be giving prizes for various categories. Stick around to join in the fun!

I wanted to get an event T-shirt, but did not pre-order one. Can I still buy one?

SOME T-shirts can be purchased at Cranksgiving, we encourage you to get there early.

NOTE: If you pre-order a 2014 Cranksgiving T-Shirt it will be available the day of the event at Schlafly’s and for a week after the event at BWorks.

T-Shirt Timing:
  • Up till Oct 12th Design unseen t-shirts cost $10
  • Oct 16th to Oct 29th Design seen t-shirts cost $15
  • At the event t-shirts cost $20
  • After the event t-shirts cost $25

PLEASE pre-order the shirts you want here.