The Great Re­gional Torch Re­lay Starts July 17

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke

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.

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