Thanksgiving isn't complete without a couple of pilgrims on a tandem, according to Gracie Bingham, chief organizer of Boise's first-ever Cranksgiving
—an alleycat race on Saturday, Nov. 22, in which cyclists track down food items to donate to families in need for Thanksgiving.
Bingham came up with the idea after looking around for cycling-oriented Thanksgiving events but finding nothing.
"Runners get their Turkey Trot," Bingham said.
"I thought this would be a good way to raise food for less fortunate families."
Bingham is working with St. Vincent de Paul, which distributes more than 3,000 food boxes to needy families in the fall. Alleycat teams of five will need to gather the ingredients to fill a food box: potatoes, canned yams, a foil roasting pan and, of course, aturkey.
In the spirit of alleycat racing, it's important to wear a costume, and be ready to drink some beer at the end of the race. Crooked Fence Barrelhouse is donating beer to everyone who crosses the finish line but unlike other alleycat races, this one doesn't center on bar-hopping.
"I wanted to stray away from it being alcohol-related," Bingham said. "I didn't want to cut anyone out."
Participants need to bring $10 and sign up here.
The race starts at 1 p.m. from Camel's Back Park near the parking lot. As for the weather, Bingham isn't worried about it.
"People have ridden bikes in the snow before," she said. "We can make it happen."