BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The 30th annual Chris Thater Memorial Race got underway in Binghamton.
The Broome County Stop DWI event drew large crowds to Recreation Park in Binghamton on Saturday morning. Many people came out to cheer on the races. There was also live music, a sports expo, and children's activities.
On Sunday, there is a 5K run with more than 700 registrants expected. There is also a 50 mile professional bike race. According to organizers, this year's racing rules are a bit different.
"The message of the weekend is STOP DWI in memory of Chris Thater who was killed by a drunk driver," said Jeff Poulin, Cycling Director. "In addition to that message, we have the anti-doping agency testing not only the professionals, but the amateur riders as well. That makes for a level playing field and raises the awareness of substance abuse, not just alcohol, but all drugs."
The Chris Thater Race started as a small memorial ride in 1983 before expanding in recent years.