Wednesday October 31, 2012 | 10:49 AM

Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away but Cranksgiving arrives in downtown Portland this weekend.

On Saturday, the third annual event will bring cyclists to the parking lot of Woodfords Church (202 Woodford St.) at 9:30 a.m. for a mission that includes racing, exercise and feeding the hungry.

Cranksgiving is a benefit for emergency food pantry Project FEED. Riders receive a list of items that must be purchased - each from a separate store. The first biker to accumulate all their loot and return to the starting point wins.

And so do plenty of hungry people.

There's no entry fee to participate, but riders should expect to pay between $15 and $20 for the items they purchase.

Last year 30 teams of riders of all ages and cycling levels hit the streets to purchase goods at eight different locations. At the end of the day, by tandem and by mountain bike, and with training wheels and trailers, they contributed more than 500 pounds of canned goods to Project FEED.

Allspeed Cyclery and Snow is donating prizes for the riders who complete the route the fastest so come with a plan - and a GPS or Google map - so you can grab yourself a prize.

Get more info here.

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