UPDATED OCT 15, 2013
NEW YORK—Police attempted to defuse the annual skateboard marathon—known as Broadway Bomb—on Saturday, preventing the over 1,500 skateboarders from riding in the streets.
The skaters’ plan was to ride down Manhattan’s West Side, from Broadway and 116th Street down to the Charging Bull statue in the Financial District.
But like early birds catching the worm, the police arrived beforehand. They set up an orange barricade on West 105th Street, while a helicopter and squads of men in blue patrolled the area.
The skateboarders were frustrated, but carried on by attempting to redirect the route down Amsterdam Avenue.
“I don’t want to get arrested, but we ride skateboards—we’ve been going against cops all our lives,” said skater Hilton King, 45. “It’s just plain fun. It’s skateboarding and fun.”
The event drew a crowd of spectators.
“I saw all these young people walking this way, so we were curious about it. My son likes to skateboard too and that’s why we came over here, to see what’s going on,” said Miguel, who had mixed feelings about the bust. “For me it’s fun because they really know how to skate. But they stop traffic and that’s a good reason [to prevent it], because New York City is a busy city.”
Despite the police cutting off the route of the annual skateboarding tour, some of the skateboarders continued on, weaved through crowds of tourists in Times Square, and skated all the way to the finish line where their friends greeted them with cheers.
This was the 10th annual Broadway Bomb, which is organized on a grassroots level.
While this year’s bomb was almost a dud, skateboarder’s are known for their perseverance. They continued on past the cops, weaved through crowds of tourists in Times Square, and skated all the way to the finish line where their friends greeted them with cheers.
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With additional reporting by Epoch Times staff member Benjamin Chasteen.