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Chris Thater Memorial Moves Downtown

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The 31st Annual Chris Thater Memorial will be held this weekend in Downtown Binghamton.  The races and events move downtown after a number of year’s on Binghamton’s Westside in and around Recreation Park.

The Chris Thater Memorial is dedicated in memory of Christopher Thater, a 23 year-old cycling enthusiast who was killed by a drunk driver in Broome County in October, 1983.  Some friends wanted to do something in his honor and the Broome County STOP-DWI Program and James May decided to organize an annual bike race in his honor and also to promote public awareness about the dangers of substance abuse and drunk driving.

Activities and races begin Saturday morning at 9:30 with Master Men competition.  The Women’s Pro event begins at 6 PM with the Men’s Pro race set for 8 PM.  Racing will be held around the Downtown with the start and finish lines at the intersection of Court and State Streets.  There are 18 cycling events scheduled.

There will be an Outdoor Expo, Lee Barta Crossfit Challenge, a 5K Run on Saturday at 5:30 PM and a Health and Wellness Expo.  There is no entry fee for spectators.  Additional information is available at

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