Our Town: Get Ready to Help Others This Holiday Season with “Cranksgiving” | New

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Jrek Bicycle in Oro Valley is hosting the Thanksgiving-themed food drive for those with two wheels from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, November 21. The event is held with the support of other local businesses to benefit the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank.

This event is part bike ride, part food drive, and part scavenger hunt, all in the name of helping others and feeding everyone in need this holiday season.

This is a fun family event for all skill levels. Anyone who wants to come is encouraged to participate. This is not a race, but runners can compete individually or as a team if they wish.

Cranksgiving is a nationwide event hosted by several organizations to benefit local food banks. Food insecurity affects thousands of households each holiday season. The Southern Arizona Community Food Bank feeds thousands of Arizona families who might otherwise go hungry.

Jayde Swarts is Community Events Manager for Trek Bicycle Oro Valley. She organized this year’s Cranksgiving and understands the impact it can have.

“I started working at Trek Bicycle and wanted to organize events that impact the community,” Swarts said. “Cranksgiving is such a fun event and a wonderful way to give back to the community. No one should go hungry this holiday season. The Southern Arizona Community Food Bank is so important and our store is so happy that we can help make sure no one goes hungry.

Swarts said this year’s Cranksgiving was held with coronavirus safety protocols in mind. The event takes place outdoors and masks and social distancing are encouraged so everyone can participate safely.

The event begins with the riders meeting in front of Trek Bicycle Oro Valley at 9am and from there the scavenger hunt begins. Runners will go out to shop and find needed food bank items.

At the end of the ride, participants will meet at the store to tally up the competition points and enjoy the snacks and refreshments provided. Prizes will include best time, most weight (food) carried plus other bonus items.

Riders must bring their bikes, helmets are required, a bag or backpack to carry groceries, and cash if someone wants to buy scavenger hunt items plus $20-30 for groceries collected during the scavenger hunt. Face masks are not required but encouraged.

Local partners include Pueblo Vida Brewing Company, Spenga Tucson, Wow Wow Lemonade Oro Valley, and Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Attendees can register through Eventbrite and registration is free. Monetary donations in addition to canned goods are also accepted.

The Trek Valley Bike Shop is located at 7645 North Oracle Road Suite 100 in Oro Valley. For more information, check out the Trek Valley Bicycle Store Facebook page.


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