Update: This story has been corrected to reflect that there is no entry fee and thus no charity donation to a dog rescue group. Inspired by the Wolfpack Hustle bike rides in Los Angeles, some Houston cyclists plan to crash this weekend's Chevron Houston Marathon -- or at least the streets set aside for the big run.
The Houston Police Department will be closing off the streets early Sunday morning along the race course. Twenty six point two miles of open and free asphalt will be available. Speaking as a dedicated rider and regular participant in the monthly Critical Mass Rides here since 2007, the opportunity to ride through the streets of a major metropolitan city without worrying about such obstacles as traffic laws, pedestrians, or the occasional vigilante motorist is just too good to pass up.
Houston cyclists plan to meet downtown at dawn on Sunday, hours before the start of the foot races. There will be a rolling start, and trophies will be awarded to the first fixed and first geared bikers (male and female) who are able to tackle the course in two hours or less, probably much less.
A post ride breakfast will follow.
and registration proceeds and donations will benefit Barrio Dogs, a non-profit that rescues street dogs in the East End.
Check out the video below for last year's marathon crash race in L.A.: