Sunday, November 23, 2008

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay

The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will begin its 106-day national journey towards the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games on October 30, 2009. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay route will be the longest domestic torch relay in Olympic history, stretching over 45,000 kilometres within Canada. Upon its conclusion, the Olympic Flame will have been welcomed in over 1,000 communities and passed within a one-hour drive of more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population.
Designed to reach the greatest number of Canadians, the relay will begin the countdown to the XXI Olympic Winter Games, spanning Canada to engage and inspire through the power of the Olympic Flame. On February 12, 2010, the flame’s pan-Canadian journey will culminate as it arrives in Vancouver, lighting the Olympic Cauldron in a dramatic and moving Opening Ceremony before a global audience of billions.
The Olympic Torch Relay will begin in Victoria, British Columbia before heading to the Far North, becoming the first torch relay to bring the Olympic Flame within 900 kilometres of the North Pole through its stop in Alert, Nunavut, the world’s northernmost permanently inhabited community. The relay will then head to North America’s easternmost place, historic Cape Spear in St. John’s, Newfoundland before making a cross-Canada journey west to Vancouver.
"Mapping out this route, we wanted to include as many Canadians as possible", said John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). "It is our dream to unite this country and bring Canadians closer together to rediscover the many cultures and perspectives that make up our nation — to celebrate Canada. With Glowing Hearts we will share the Olympic Flame with young and old, northern and southern, eastern and western and everyone in between — no one left out. A truly unifying Canadian celebration".
Coca-Cola and RBC, the relay’s presenting partners, have made significant contributions that enable the torch relay to make its journey around Canada. Holding the exclusive rights for the public Olympic Torchbearer application programs, they have developed nation-building initiatives that give Canadians a chance to become a torchbearer. Canadians interested in becoming one of the lucky 12,000 torchbearers will have several opportunities to apply beginning today at rbc.com/carrythetorch and icoke.ca.