Police did not like the skateboarding event held in New York in previous years, so this year, they got a court order banning the event, according to reports.
A heavy police presence discouraged a group of hundreds of skaters in New York, on Saturday, from challenging a court order prohibiting the annual race through downtown Manhattan, known as the Broadway Bomb.
Many skaters were not deterred. At the finish line of the scheduled race in the middle of Manhattan's financial district, there was a heavy police presence.
Many racers said they had taken an alternative route to avoid police, who were stationed at intersections along the original route.
On Thursday, city officials obtained a temporary restraining order prohibiting the 8 mile race running through Manhattan to Wall Street along Broadway, one of the busiest streets in Manhattan, for security reasons.
A Facebook page for the event included about 2,000 participants as of Friday morning, but later in the day organizers canceled the race. Hundreds of racers pledged online to hold race anyway and subway trains filled upper Manhattan on Saturday morning with skateboarders, many of whom said they had come to the city from other states.
"They may pursue me, but they are not going to catch me," Sean P. McCarthy, 43, owner of a tattoo shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who was holding a skateboard with a picture of President George W. Bush said.
At the official starting point of the race in upper Manhattan, a dozen NYPD officers were standing together near a digital signal, which warned that skaters who defied the court order that they would face arrest.