2014 Thater Races wrap up in downtown Binghamton

By Kerry Longobucco

August 24, 2014 Updated Aug 24, 2014 at 6:29 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Thousands of spectators and athletes attended the 31st annual Chris Thater Memorial Race,

The race, held in downtown Binghamton, wrapped up its final leg on Sunday.

Saturday's weather may have deterred some spectators, but Sunday's crowds were out in full force to cheer on the bikers.

More than 1200 athletes were in Broome County this weekend to honor Chris Thater, a 23-year-old cycling enthusiast who was killed by a drunk driver in 1983.

The races were put on by the Broome County STOP-DWI Program in his honor.

In years past, the races were held at Recreational Park on Binghamton’s west side, and race coordinators said moving them downtown made this years races record breaking.

"The best part, I think, were the new additions to the event. Moving downtown, we were able to add six more races,” said race coordinator Chris Marion. "We were able to do the men's and women's pro races in the evening, as well as hold a second event, which we haven't done before."

Marion said this year's event attracted more than just cycling fans thanks to new events, like a Crossfit Challenge.

Marion added that planning and preparing for this event takes an entire year and the Stop-DWI team is already planning next year's race.

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