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Chris Thater Memorial loves NY

New York State's I LOVE NEW YORK campaign will be a presenting sponsor of this year's Chris Thater Memorial Races in Binghamton, NY, August 27-28, 2005, organisers have announced.

The Chris Thater memorial commemorates Chris Thater, a keen cyclist, who was killed by a drunk driver, and has as its mission to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, while promoting healthy, positive activities including its bike races and 5km run.

This year's Chris Thater will offer over $60,000 in cash and prizes and will comprise the final event in the American Criterium Championship Series, with prize purses of $22,000 for Pro I/II Men and $6,000 for Pro I/II Women.

Charles A. Gargano, Chairman of Empire State Development, which administers the I LOVE NEW YORK program, said, "We are proud to sponsor an event of this calibre, which has grown over the years from a local race to a premier cycling and running competition that attracts athletes from around the world to Binghamton."

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