Chris Thater Memorial: Peddling to STOP-DWI (with photos)

By Jillian Marshall

August 24, 2013 Updated Aug 24, 2013 at 9:20 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds of cyclists hit the streets Saturday to help put an end to drunk driving, all in honor of a fallen biker.

The 30th anniversary Chris Thater Memorial peddled to the starting line Saturday morning.

Professional racers from all over the area and region raced to the finish line at Recreation Park in Binghamton.

The races are held in honor of local avid cyclist, Chris Thater, who was killed by a drunk driver while riding his bike in 1983.

Race Director and Broome County STOP-DWI Coordinator Chris Marion says he hopes the races raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving throughout the community.

"This year we had another cyclist killed by a drunk driver while riding his bike," Marion said. "It's very important that people understand how dangerous and deadly it can be if they choose to drink and drive."

Races continue on Sunday.

For a full schedule of races and more information, click here.