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Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Great Turkey Chase, part 2! - Burlington VT - Kinda like Cranksgiving

Ed. note - I did not ride this. It is an interesting idea that has been discussed for Columbus.

The Great Turkey Chase, part 2! will be a food drive and bike race. Registration will be free, but people need to bring around $15 to buy food along the way. Each of the checkpoints is a grocery store, and there will be a shopping list instead of a standard race manifest. Receipts will prove you made it to all the checkpoints, and since most receipts are time stamped, we can make sure everybody played fair. All the food will go to a local food bank when the race is done, just in time for Thankgiving!

Post event update

Huge thanks to everybody involved! We collected 556 pounds of food yesterday, which included 7 turkeys. 38 people raced and everybody got home safe (despite a few mechanicals, crashes and shenanigans)

Here are the 'official' results:

1st. Aaron Simmers
2nd. Nate Halstead
3rd. Blotto

1st. Peter Troy
2nd. Ned Castle
3rd. Nate Gorn

Overall top 10
1st. Aaron Simmers
2nd. Peter Troy
3rd. Ned Castle
4th. Nate Halstead
5th. Blotto
6th. Lee Trumpore
7th. Robby Finn
8th. Nate Gorn
9th. Rachel Gitajn
10th. Kyle Sauter

Bonus Turkey Prize ($50 from Blotto Photto):
Lee Trumpore

Shenanigan bonus:
Kyle Sauter
(I may have locked his bike to Rachel's bike at some point)
Kyle also did all the artwork for the race (poster, flyer, spoke card design) and I totally forgot to thank him at the beginning of the race...

Aaron got a sweet new set of Fyxation tires for winning. Nate scored a dope Bruxe bag. Blotto took home a Chrome hip pouch. I think Peter might have scored the WESC headphones and I saw Lee get the limited KWAYxBruxe jacket, and after that things got a bit crazy.

Huge thanks to the sponsors, Blotto Photto, Bruxe, Maven, WESC, Healthy Living, Chrome and Fyxation for supporting this event. Cory and Marissa also helped out with registration, results check in and dropping off all the food at the food shelf, I would not have been able to ride the race myself without them.

Good fun for a great cause. We more than tripled the amount of food we collected last year... next year I would love to see 1500lbs of food!



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