Is it really almost Thanksgiving? You bet, and you know what that means? It is time for the 7th annual Cranksgiving Kansas City. For the past seven years Kansas City cyclists have participated in this alley cat style race in support of St. Peter’s Food Pantry. This event has grown into St. Peter’s largest food drive of the year.

In lieu of an entry fee, riders purchase food from various grocery stores as they navigate around the area visiting each store on their list. There is no set course, riders race through town via a route of their choosing. Once they have visited each store and picked up each item on their list, they race to to the finish at St. Peter’s Legacy Center. Once riders reach St. Peter’s they must present the items and receipts to determine the winner. This is a great event for a very worthy cause.

According to event organizer Jeff Perry, last year’s event had 150 riders; the participants collected just under a ton of food and supplies. “I’d like to pass a ton this year,” Jeff stated, “which will be tough without Paul Toigo, who carried nearly 500 lbs on his trailer last year.” Paul is currently working in Korea and won’t be able to participate this year.

The event includes a chili dinner, refreshments, and entertainment for riders at the finish. All category winners’ merchandise have been donated by local individuals, businesses and organizations.

To find out if there is a Cranksgiving in your area visit the organization’s national site at

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