ABOUT THE SUPERMARKET STREET SWEEP
The Supermarket Street Sweep (aka "SMSW" or "The Sweep") is an annual bike race that benefits the SF-Marin Food Bank (SFMFB). Since 2005, hundreds of participants have zipped around the city to local supermarkets and brought back thousands of pounds of food to donate to this wonderful charity. To date, Sweepers have raised 87,077 pounds of food and $104,096, which helped the SF-Marin Food Bank provide approximately 330,880 meals to neighbors in need.
WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - RAIN OR SHINE!
Rider check-in starts at 10:30AM. Ideally, we'll get all of you on the road by noon once we make a short speech and hand out the manifests (which lists the stores you'll visit and the items you'll buy to donate to the food bank). Race and fundraising end at 4:00PM
WHERE: The race starts at Cupid Span's (Bow & Arrow) at Folsom and Embarcadero. Please meet here to check in for the event. You don't need to bring or print out your Eventbrite registration/ticket. The race ends at the SF-Marin Food Bank.
RACE-DAY REGISTRATION: Only for SPEED/POINTS and CARGO categories; there is no race-day registration for the TEAM category.
AFTER PARTY: The race ends at the SF-Marin Food Bank, and this is also where the party will be. No additional travel necessary! There will be a raffle from 5:30-6:00PM (if you pre-registered on Eventbrite, you'll automatically be entered.) We're planning on awarding prizes to the top five men and women in the POINTS and CARGO categories, the top five TEAMS, and the top three FUNDRAISERS at 6:00PM.
ABOUT THE SF-MARIN FOOD BANK
Approximately 1 in 4 people in San Francisco and Marin are at risk of being food insecure, and the sub-populations especially vulnerable to food insecurity include seniors and adults with disabilities, children and families, and people who are homeless.
SFMFB serves over 147,000 people, or 30,000 households, each week and 225,000 people rely on the help of SFMFB and its partners and volunteers every year. But they still need your help. There were 46,628,984 missing meals in 2014 - and that number is only expected to grow.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
The Sweep was established in 2005 by an all-volunteer group of friends headed by Jenny Oh. Jenny spearheaded the effort to launch the Bay Area's version of the Cranksgiving Race, a charity bicycle race in New York City that benefitted families in need. The name of the event is a comic reference to the former television game show, Supermarket Sweep. OG Sweep organizers Jenny, Jonathan Koshi, and Kacey O'Kelly built an incredible foundation for this event, bringing all circles of the cycling community together in support of a great cause.
The San Francisco Cycling Club (SFCC) took over the planning and execution of the Sweep in 2016. SFCC was founded in 2012 to fill a gap in the San Francisco cycling community. SFCC's values include camaraderie, competition, inclusion, and community, and their goal is to bring cyclists together to ride, race, and support and challenge each other. The Sweep represents so many of SFCC's values, and the club is pleased to help keep a wonderful and fun tradition going and to try to help make it even better.