Around the Tiers: Chris Thater Memorial Races

By Chelsea Bishop

August 13, 2014 Updated Aug 13, 2014 at 8:26 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Online registration for cycling and 5K events at the 31st Annual Chris Thater Memorial Races is now open.

More than 1,000 athletes and up to 5,000 spectators are expected to flock downtown Binghamton on August 23-24.

Cyclists and runners can click here to navigate to the registration page for all events.

For those that wish to register through the mail or in person, registration flyers are available on the website.

Participants may also register on race day at the DoubleTree hotel in Binghamton.

The 2014 Chris Thater Memorial Races will move from Recreation Park in the City of Binghamton to a new course in the center of Downtown Binghamton.

The date and time for the 5K is also moving this year to Saturday evening beginning at 5:15 p.m.

A free Kids Run will follow the 5K at 6:00 p.m.

The start and finish line for both the running races will be located on the Court Street Bridge near RiverRead Books.

Organizers hope to expose participants to the many great businesses located downtown as well as have them experience the "Restaurant Week Preview".

Free parking will be available at all downtown parking ramps.

This free, family-friendly event is organized by Broome County STOP-DWI and presented by SEFCU to heighten awareness about the dangers of impaired driving and to promote healthy lifestyles.

The Chris Thater Memorial is dedicated in memory of Christopher Thater, a 23 year-old cycling enthusiast and Binghamton University graduate who was killed by a drunk driver in Broome County on October 16, 1983.

For more information about the Chris Thater Memorial or Broome County's STOP-DWI Program please visit its website , its Facebook page or on Twitter by following @ThaterMemorial.

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