Saturday, October 31, 2009
The Torches We Carry
The Olympics 2010 Torch Relay began in Victoria, British Columbia on October 30. The torch will travel 45,000 kilometers across Canada over the next 106 days before its dramatic entrance into the B.C. Place Stadium on February 12. More than 12,000 Canadians will run with it using more that 100 modes of transportation including dog sled and canoe. The basic length of carry is 300 meters which should take about 3 minutes.
The torch literally touches the four extremities of Canada as you can see on the map. The most westerly point is Old Crow, Yukon. The most northern is Alert, Nunavut. The farthest east will be Cape Spear National Historic Site, Nfld. The most southern point is a visit to Point Pelee National Park, close to where I live.
A torch is an honour to carry. It represents a noble cause. All of us have carried personal, social, educational, political, environmental, ethical, spiritual torches. They represent a hope and an affirmation that the world is a wonderful place and can be nurtured and improved.
We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own. ~Ben Sweetland
See an interactive map of the Olympic Torch Relay here.