Burlington to host Torch Relay for Pan Am Games

Burlington to host TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay next spring

 Residents invited to be torchbearers at TORONTO2015.org/torch-relayBurlington, Ont. – Oct. 2, 2014— The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice, is coming to Burlington next spring. Three-thousand torchbearers will proudly carry the flame and share its welcoming Pan Am spirit on the 41-day journey towards the lighting of the cauldron on July 10, 2015, to officially open the Pan Am Games.Burlington residents are invited to enter to be a torchbearer today at www.TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay .

“We’re pleased that Burlington has been named as a major celebration community for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay,” said Scott Stewart, general manager of development and infrastructure with the City of Burlington. “We look forward to welcoming the Pan Am flame next spring as we showcase Burlington’s unique waterfront and events.”

“We encourage all residents who will be 13 years and older by May 30, 2015, to sign up to be torchbearers today at www.TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay ,” said Allan Magi, the city’s executive director of capital works. “We’ll also be selecting a community torchbearer to run for Burlington when the flame comes to the city.”

The relay begins in May 2015 with the traditional Aztec lighting ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico. The Canadian journey for the flame starts with its arrival in Toronto on May 30, 2015. It will then visit five cities in Canada, as well as 130 communities across Ontario.

“The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay is an invitation to the nation to join the journey, share the spirit and show community pride as we prepare to welcome the best to the biggest international multi-sport Games Canada has ever held,” said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015).

TO2015 is proud to bring the relay to Canadian communities with the help of presenting partners President’s Choice and OLG, community partner CIBC and signature supporter Ontario Trillium Foundation to ensure it is a memorable experience for everyone involved.

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