Some community outreach events are measured in turnout, some by dollars raised … and others, by the pound.
Despite fewer riders than 2016, Sequim’s 2017 Cranksgiving event nearly doubled the weight of food raised last year, with more than a ton (2,347 pounds) coming in along with $338, all going to the Sequim Food Bank.
Last year’s event saw 54 riders bring in 1,389 pounds of food.
At the 2017 event, three teams and 18 individuals competed. The winning team was Ride the OP led by Randy Barber and including Ken Stringer, Deb Turner, Henry Lingan and Don Penfield, who collectively and gathered 934 pounds of food.
The second place team, the Bike-O-Crats from the City of Sequim, were led by Ann Soule and included Sheri Crain, Charlie Bush, Dave Shreffler and Nancy Kohn; they gathered 442 pounds of food. The third place team, the Silverbacks, were led by Bob Anundson and included Garland Frankfurth, John Dolansky, Sue Ab and Joe Cress. They brought in 75 pounds of food.
Stringer broke all known records by gathering 477 pounds on his own, collecting food with his team and completing extra run after the team competition concluded. He received the “Big Kahuna“ award for most food gathered by an individual.
Other award winners included:
Oldest Team: Ride the OP
Fastest Family (The “ZOOM” award): The Miller Family (106 pounds)
Youngest Rider: Theodore Miller (age 3)
Fastest Finisher: (Marty Campbell)
Little Kahuna (smallest total food gathered): Theodore Miller (7 pounds)
Oldest Rider: Robert Dachtler (age 80)
Cranksgiving’s volunteer crew consisted of Dave Neidhardt, Dave Collins, Jim Jefferson, Jack Landestrom, Jack Earhart, Al Streeter, Jeanie Robards, Richard Bloomer and Tom Coonelly III.
Sponsors included: Rainshadow Coffee, In Graphic Detail, Ben’s Bikes, Adagio Coffee, Applebees, Bell Creek Bar and Grill, Black Bear Diner, Coastal Farm and Ranch Store, Dynasty Chinese Restaurant, Fortune Start Chinese Restaurant, The Mariners Café, The Oak Table Café, The Old Mill Café, Paradise Restaurant, Sawadee Thai Cuisine, Sergio’s Mexican Restaurant, Suzon’s Coffee, The Cedars at Dungeness and Westside Pizza.