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Unsanctioned LA marathon bike race cancelled

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles has put the brakes on an unsanctioned bicycle race that draws thousands to the route of the Los Angeles Marathon.

Organizer Don Ward says he canceled Sunday morning's planned Marathon Crash Race after the city warned he lacked permits and could face fines and even jail time.

Ward tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1e6bWEY ) that obtaining permits would cost $100,000 and he never needed them before.

Since 2009, bikers have raced in the dark before the marathon. Last year, 2,000 cyclists rode the marathon route, escorted by police cars.

But police Cmdr. Bill Scott says cyclists often hit the streets before the roads are fully closed and some run traffic lights.

Some bikers say they plan to bike the route anyway.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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