Around the Tiers: Chris Thater Memorial

By Chelsea Bishop

August 13, 2013 Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 7:49 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Cycling races and a music festival are dedicated in memory of bicyclist, Chris Thater, who was killed by a drunk driver. The event is a project of the Broome County STOP-DWI Program to heighten awareness about the drunk-driving problem. The race attracts over 1,500 participants from local athletes to world-class competitors with crowds of up to 5,000 spectators.

The Chris Thater Memorial consists of the Pro, Elite and Novice cycling events, and a national class 5K Run. The Chris Thater Memorial also features a music festival and a large Expo area with numerous vendor displays, full concession, entertainment, sports/health clinics, demonstrations and other youth sports and special events.

The event is August 24 - 25 at Recreation Park in Binghamton.

The cycling and running events at the Chris Thater Memorial are sanctioned by the national governing body for each sport: USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar Event, USATF-Niagara Association.

There are 1,200 or more athletes, and 5,000 or more spectators. Course side seating and hospitality tents are featured this year. The start and finish line will be at Rec Park.

Online pre-registration is now open. You can click here to reglister Day-of registration is available at the park. Please try to arrive about one hour prior to the race you wish to enter to register.

Chris Thater Music Festival also takes place both days. Great music from Blue Grass to Big Band will be played. This is free to the public. Click here for a list of bands