Save the Dates: Drumstick Dash and Cranksgiving


Two of the region’s favorite holiday traditions are coming up this month — the Drumstick Dash and Cranksgiving.

Save the dates:

Drumstick Dash

  • When: Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day) at 9 a.m.
  • Where: Downtown Roanoke, starts at Williamson and Franklin roads and finishes on the Roanoke City Market
  • Register: Online

The Drumstick Dash is the region’s biggest collective 5K run/walk through downtown Roanoke, and supports the Roanoke Rescue Mission. It is open to participants of all activity levels, strollers, and leashed dogs.

Registration is open. Runners can register online through Nov. 23 and walkers can register online through race day.

The event draws more than 10,000 runners and walkers each year. This year, the Rescue Mission will provide more than 250,000 meals to homeless and hungry families.



  • When: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: Starts at Downshift – Hand Crafted Bikes & Brews
  • Register: Online

Cranksgiving is a national food drive on two wheels. Part bike ride, part food drive, and part scavenger hunt. All you need is a bike, a bag, and a lock!

You’ll register as an individual or as part of a team. The food drive is set up as an “alley cat” throughout the city with checkpoints at a variety of grocery stores and markets. At checkpoints, you’ll purchase items off the grocery list which will then be donated to our charities.

You’ll earn points based on items purchased and checkpoints reached (specific rules will be explained at registration). Sponsors have donated prize items that YOU and/or your TEAM can win!