The Great Regional Torch Relay Starts July 17
After having proudly presented the torch in close to 30 Quebec towns, the Host Society of the Canada Summer Games–Sherbrooke 2013 is now preparing for a major regional torch relay. Beginning July 17, more than 380 Townshippers will take part in this unifying event by carrying the torch for a one-kilometre distance in one of the 34 municipalities being visited.
“During the launch of the Torch Relay in February, we promised to return to the region and we will be doing so in a substantial way! By passing through these municipalities with the torch, we want to show our appreciation to the public who support the Canada Games. Many are eager to LIVE the Games, and now we are offering them the opportunity to experience this wonderful challenge with our team!” said Lynn Blouin, Deputy CEO of Communications and Human Resources for Sherbrooke 2013. A concept that won’t go unnoticed! From July 17 to 30, a ceremony will be held in a different municipality each morning at 8 a.m. The mayor, the torchbearer who will cover the first kilometre, and a Sherbrooke 2013 representative will speak. Then, the next leg of the relay will be officially started. Each torchbearer will walk or run one kilometre, with the torch in hand. On average, the relay will cover 25 km per day and reach the next town the same afternoon. The following morning, there will be a ceremony at 8 a.m. in that municipality, and so on. Coaticook, one of the host towns, will be visited on July 28. A single part of the relay will take place by boat – on July 29, between Ogden and the MacPherson dock in Magog.
From July 30 to August 2, the relay will travel through two other host towns: Magog and Sherbrooke. Eighty torchbearers will take part in this leg of the relay over a distance of about 80 km, with the torch scheduled to arrive at the Université de Sherbrooke’s stadium on August 2 during the Opening Ceremony of the Canada Games. In all, the relay will cover nearly 400 km (see the attached list of municipalities). The police will monitor these activities closely to ensure the safety of the participants.
How to become a torchbearer
Anyone interested in becoming a torchbearer must send in his/her name, address, telephone number, and age by e-mail to relais. flamme@jeuxducanada2013. ca between May 31 and June 30, 2013 at midnight. The choice of torchbearers will be decided by random draw on July 2. Those chosen will be informed by e-mail, and will then have to fill out a registration form, after which they will be assigned a section of the relay course. As much as possible, the organization will try to assign participants to the town they live in, but this is impossible to guarantee given the complexity of such a planning process.