Annual Chris Thater Race raises awareness about drinking and driving
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The streets of Binghamton are filled with bicycles this weekend. It is all part of the 29th annual Chris Thater Memorial Race Weekend. The event is put on by Broome County Stop DWI, and organizers said there is something for everyone, from listening to one of the 20 local bands performing, to browsing vendor tents at the expo.
Sunday's festivities will include a 5K run, and of course, the bike races, which bring elite racers from all over the world. Organizers said the weekend serves as a way to bring the community together, while remembering Chris Thater, an avid cyclist who was killed by a drunk driver nearly 30 years ago.
"It exposes the sport to the people of Binghamton, and brings a lot of people here who naturally wouldn't be coming to Binghamton. We're heightening awareness of drinking and driving issue, and also bringing in people to show them Binghamton," said Chris Marion, Stop DWI Coordinator.
The Chris Thater Race started as a small memorial ride in 1983 before expanding over the years.