Fast Facts


Chris Thater Memorial Races - Photo Courtesy of VanZandbergen Photography :: www.vzphoto.comPurpose:

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. In 1984, the Broome County STOP-DWI Program started an annual bicycle race to remember Chris and to elevate public awareness of substance abuse and traffic safety.

The race attracts over 1,000 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 5K Run through the Westside of Binghamton. The Chris Thater Memorial also features  demonstrations and other youth sports and special events.


Downtown Binghamton, NY

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

1,000 plus athletes.

Up to 5,000  - featuring course side seating.

Chris Thater Memorial Races - Photo Courtesy of VanZandbergen Photography :: www.vzphoto.comCycling Start/Finish Line:
59 Court St, Binghamton, N.Y. 13901

5K Start/Finish Line:
Start- Court St Bridge- Downtown Binghamton
Finish- Court St & State St intersection

Street Closures:
Street Closure Notice

Click here for an Event Schedule

Register to Race:
Click here to register 

Prize Purse: 
5K Run 

Win DICK'S Gift Certificates
1st place $25, 2nd place $20 and
3rd place $10 awarded to all age group winners of 5K Run.

Cycling Race Course:
A  .7 four corner clockwise course held around downtown Binghamton. Check the Event Schedule tab for race schedules. Course Maps USAC Permit # 2016-73

Neutral Race Support provided by: 

Pro and Elite Athlete Assistance for Cycling: 
Jeff Poulin, Cycling Coordinator 

5K Road Course:
Flat, fast, record quality course. Event Sanctioned by USATF. Our course is Certified to be accurate by the USATF # NY15031JG

Course Map

Chip Timing provided by: 

Packet Pick-up for Pre-Registered Runners:
Pre-registered runners may pick-up their packets at Confluence Running on Saturday, August 27th from Noon to 5:00pm 

Athlete Assistance for 5K Run:
Grace Tabeek, 5K Run Coordinator

Local Restaurants: 

Citrea, Lost Dog Cafe, The Garage, Burger Mondays, Water Street Brewing Co, Zona & Co Grille, The Colonial, The River Bistro & Lounge, Saki-Tumi, Galaxy Brewing Company, Nirchi's, Subway, Strange Brew                                    

DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton, 225 Water St, Binghamton, NY 13901 - Official Hotel of the Chris Thater Memorial.  Ask for the Chris Thater Room Rate: $109 /night + taxes

Ground Travel: 
Binghamton, NY 13901

People traveling on Interstate 81 and New York State Route 17 through the City of Binghamton in Broome County will encounter major road construction at the interchange of these two highways.  Construction will include permanent lane closures and speed reductions through the area during the construction season. Be alert for construction activities at Exit 72 on New York State Route 17 and between Exit 3 and Exit 5 on Interstate 81.  Travelers may want to consider alternate routes.  For up-to-date travel information, call 511 or visit

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Air Travel:
Greater Binghamton Airport Greater Binghamton Airport offers many amenities that larger airports offer without the stress associated with them. We offer your choice of 3 major airlines: United Express, US Airways and Delta

Promotional Sponsors: 
Time Warner Cable Media, WICZ Fox40, IHeart Media, Townsquare Media-Binghamton

Sponsoring Local Clubs: Tioga Velo Club

Past Winners: (see Results)


2016 Chris Thater Memorial Poster
2015 Chris Thater Memorial Poster

2014 Chris Thater Memorial Poster
2013 Chris Thater Memorial Poster                             2012 Chris Thater Memorial Poster
2011 Chris Thater Memorial Poster                             2010 Chris Thater Memorial Poster
2009 Chris Thater Memorial Poster                             2008 Chris Thater Memorial Poster
2007 Chris Thater Memorial Poster                             2006 Chris Thater Memorial Poster
2005 Chris Thater Memorial Poster                             2004 Chris Thater Memorial Poster
2003 Chris Thater Memorial Poster                             2002 Chris Thater Memorial Poster
2001 Chris Thater Memorial Poster