"UPDATE 8:30PM MAR 4th
I REGRET TO REPORT THAT
THE MARATHON CRASH RACE IS CANCELLED.
Today. the Chief of Investigation and Enforcement of the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services made contact with Wolfpack Hustle and demanded that this event be cancelled or we may face criminal charges and bear liability for the costs of enforcement. This comes as a shock and disappointment.
We have requested an expedited permit be granted but have been told initially that it is not possible at this point for one to be granted. Therefore we have no choice but to fully comply with the city’s demands and we strongly urge that everyone obey the city’s request not to engage in this event or any like it.
Though unpermitted, this event has enjoyed the support of the LAPD and city going into it’s fifth year now, Wolfpack Hustle has been cooperative, and had sought to partner with LAPD and all agencies. We’ve met with and cooperated with city officials on several occasions. For 2014, we’ve taken further measures to ensure that the participants are safe and to prevent any claims being made on the City of Los Angeles and other cities and agencies, via waivers, participant / competitor separation, and by purchasing event insurance.
This event has been in the planning for at least one year, and builds on a community tradition referred to above. To threaten criminal prosecution 5 days prior to the event taking place comes as a shock and disappointment: The city is now demanding permits and payments where it has never done so in the past.
THE MARATHON CRASH RACE IS CANCELLED.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.”
Some cyclists, still remembering the heart-racing thrill of their first marathon rides, are vowing to take to the street anyway.
“They’re public streets, and we can be out on them at any time,” said Erick Huerta, 29, of Boyle Heights, who has participated every year. He said he and 20 to 25 other cyclists from the Eastside would ride Sunday, and he expected several hundred others to join them.
The unexpected roadblock for one of the city’s most popular cycling events comes as the underground biking movement emerges as a powerful force in Los Angeles. Guerrilla bicycling groups like Wolfpack Hustle and the Midnight Ridazz count thousands of members and are vocal supporters of city policies that favor cyclists, including a growing network of bike lanes.
Part street race, part theater, the Marathon Crash Race gives some of Los Angeles’ most daring and experienced cyclists a chance to compete for bragging rights and a coveted set of Wolfpack Hustle dog tags. For the less competitive cyclists who follow behind at a more staid pace, the event is a rare chance to zip freely down some of L.A.’s most famous boulevards without a car in sight.
Until now, city officials allowed the event to go on without a permit. But this year, several agencies — including the city attorney’s office and the Los Angeles Police Department — decided a permit was necessary because of public safety concerns.
This year, registrations flooded in from as far away as England, China and the United Arab Emirates, Ward said.
Ward said he believed a permit for the Marathon Crash Race could cost more than $100,000. Right now, competitive cyclists pay $20 to register, though many amateurs join in without registering. The race receives some corporate sponsorship, including from Red Bull.
Raising the entrance fee to cover the permit, he said, would prevent younger cyclists from experiencing the race with older and more experienced riders.
“It’s just not meant for weekend warrior roadies,” Ward said.
"It’s meant for youngsters who are not necessarily the most privileged people."
that sucks… the wolfpack hustle marathon crash is still on my list of rides to do if/when i’m in socal at the corresponding time. i gotta ride my fixie more.