The full extent of the first ever nationwide Canada Games Torch Relay has been unveiled.
The Roly McLenahan Canada Games Torch will be lit on October 4 in Ottawa before embarking through 48 communities on its way to Red Deer.
Of those, 26 will be torch relay stops while 22 will be celebration stops. Torch relay stops are large scale events where a two to five kilometer relay will take place with a community celebration to follow. Celebration stops are smaller scale events with the torch.
At a press conference Tuesday at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, 2019 Games Board Chair Lyn Radford thanked MNP for making the relay a reality.
“I encourage everyone across Canada to find the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay stop near them and nominate an outstanding individual in their community for the honour in being a torchbearer in this historic relay,” she said.
Individuals can nominate a deserving, past or present community member or themselves by completing an application form online. Nominations will be accepted until June 30.
During the announcement on Tuesday, Lacombe resident and 12-year-old Mackenzie Van Damme, the creator of 2019 Games mascot Waskasoo, became the first official torchbearer.
“It feels really awesome to do something this amazing,” she said. “It’s hard to explain. I’ve never been to see the Olympics or a winter games, so they will be lots of fun.”
The full list of stops is at CanadaGames.ca.
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