LA Marathon Crash Race Officially Cancelled
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Wolfpack Hustle Marathon Crash Race to be held in the early morning hours this Sunday just prior to the official marathon has been cancelled over threats of legal action from the city.
Organizer Don Ward canceled this year’s Marathon Crash Race, scheduled for Sunday morning, after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the city of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Street Services. The letter threatened fines and up to a year in county jail if the event was held without proper permits. Ward said he requested an expedited permit and was denied.
The Marathon Crash Race isn’t strictly legal. But in past years, Wolfpack Hustle has worked to build support inside City Hall and with the Los Angeles Police Department. For the past three years, squad cars have cruised alongside cyclists, lights flashing, to separate bicycle and car traffic. Ward had also arranged for event insurance to cover up to $10,000 of medical expenses for uninsured cyclists. They have never been required to obtain a permit, Ward said.
The Marathon Crash Race is widely considered the largest unsanctioned bike race in the country, and draws cyclists from as far away as China and the United Arab Emirates. Last year, an estimated 2,000 people participated.
Read the original article at www.latimes.com
Permits and police are expensive, officially at least the race is cancelled. Good or bad, I’d be willing to bet that there will be a number of people out there still vying for the title even more renegade style than in the past.
Read about the Wolfpack Hustler Marathon Crash Race in Urban Velo #31.