On Wednesday I went with my sons school to see the Olympic Torch stop by in our area, on its way to Vancouver, B.C., for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, that are starting in 3 weeks. The kids were all pumped up with excitement, and we all waited patiently outside while we listened to speeches and were introduced to past and present Olympians living in our community. Here is a picture of the torch bearer for the next leg of the relay, waiting for the torch to arrive.
Suddenly, everyone starts to run towards the road...its coming!
We see the flame of the torch as the runner comes down the road and into the high school parking lot.
She makes her way through the crowd and up to the stage where the next runner is waiting.
There, they touch their torches together, to ignite the awaiting torch.
The new runner is off and running, with the torch now on its way to Banff, and then on to British Columbia! The torch relay started on Oct. 30, 2009, and by the time the torch reaches Vancouver in 3 weeks, it will have traveled 45,000 km across Canada,
( the equivalent of crossing across Canada 6 times) visited over 1000 communities in Canada, with 12,000 torch bearers....the longest torch relay in Olympic history!