Annual Cranksgiving Bike Race Will Bring Together Campus and Hartford Communities

Ride to Benefit Local Food Pantry Kicks Off at Trinity College Chapel on Saturday, November 18

​Hartford, Connecticut, November 15, 2017—The Trinity College Chapel will serve as the starting point for Hartford’s sixth annual alleycat Cranksgiving bicycle race on Saturday, November 18, to support the Grace Episcopal Church Food Pantry in the city’s Parkville neighborhood.


​(Above) Left to right: Dylan Landry ’20, Denzel Munroe ’18, Professor of Language and Culture Studies Johannes Evelein, Patrick Caskin ’20, Cat MacLennan ’20, Gabrielle McGovern ’20, Kathleen Diana ’20, Professor of Language and Culture Studies Dario Del Puppo, Carolyn Najarian ’20, and Samuel Tarpley ’20 participated in last year's Cranksgiving (below).

Participants register for the event at the Trinity College Chapel starting at 11:30 a.m. before heading onto the streets of Hartford, where they purchase specific grocery items at designated checkpoint grocery stores and then pedal to the food pantry, which is the finishing point of the race.

Hartford’s Cranksgiving tradition began with Richard Wegener, a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church, and James Ebert, Trinity’s former senior associate director of leadership giving. Wegener had participated in a version of the race in New York City, where the annual event began in 1999. Like Wegener and Ebert, other people around the country have been inspired by New York City’s Cranksgiving event, and similar races now take place at this time of year in almost 60 cities nationwide. This year, the event has been organized by Professor of Language and Culture Studies Johannes Evelein, Hazel Robertson ’19 on behalf of the Chapel Community, Cassia Armstrong ’18 through her work with Joe Barber in the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement, and numerous other volunteers from around campus and the community.

Trinity’s connections to the Place of Grace Food Pantry at Grace Episcopal Church extend far beyond this one event. For several years, Trinity students from the community service organization JELLO have been volunteering at the food pantry every week.

To participate in this year’s event, bring $20 to purchase food, a bike, a helmet, a lock, and a backpack to carry items. If you do not have a bike, Cranksgiving coordinators can provide one if they are notified beforehand. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Trinity College Chapel on Saturday, November 18, and the ride will start at 12:45 p.m. The annual kids’ ride on campus will begin at noon.

For more information, please contact Johannes Evelein, Trinity College professor of language and culture studies, at Johannes.Evelein@trincoll.edu or Hazel Robertson ’19 at Hazel.Robertson@trincoll.edu.