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2014 Alberta Summer Games torch and relay route unveiled

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 04:48 pm

Jenna Least of Airdrie held up the Alberta Summer Games torch at Genesis Place on July 21. Least is one of 19 torchbearers aged 11-17 will participate in the torch relay throughout Airdrie on July 24, culminating with the cauldron lighting at the opening ceremonies.
Jenna Least of Airdrie held up the Alberta Summer Games torch at Genesis Place on July 21. Least is one of 19 torchbearers aged 11-17 will participate in the torch relay throughout Airdrie on July 24, culminating with the cauldron lighting at the opening ceremonies.
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The Airdrie 2014 Alberta Summer Games is just around the corner and the Torch Relay committee is giving a sneak-a-peak at the events with the reveal of the official Games torch and torchbearer uniforms.

The kick off to the Alberta Summer Games will feature a Torch Relay, which culminates with the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremonies on July 24.

Simon Reid, 2014 Alberta Summer Games Torch Relay committee chair, said the committee received 47 applications and selected 19 torchbearers between the ages of 11 and 17, “who are all either living in or going to school in Airdrie.”

The official torch and torchbearer uniforms were unveiled on July 21 at Genesis Place Recreation Centre.

The torch is simplistic but stylish with a sturdy wooden base and a metal top that houses the fire.

The runners’ uniforms consist of a light blue jersey T-shirt with the 2014 Alberta Summer Game logo emblazoned down one side.

“(The Torch Relay) kicks off the Games with a torch run and the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremonies,” Reid said. “We’d like to get as many people out as possible lining the route and cheering on the torchbearers.”

The Relay starts off at the ATCO Gas office, located at 84 Gateway Drive, at 10:30 a.m. on July 24. The runners then run southbound along Gateway Drive to westbound Veterans Boulevard. From there, they head to Woodside Boulevard and go southbound on Woodside until First Avenue where they will go eastbound. From First Avenue the torchbearers will head southbound on Main Street until Yankee Valley Boulevard where they will head eastbound. The runners will then head northbound along East Lake Boulevard and will end at the Ron Ebbesen Arena.

A map of the Torch Relay route can be view at 2014airdriegames.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Torch-Relay-1.pdf

“Brianne Tutt, ambassador for the Games, will actually light the torch and hand it off to the first relay runner,” Reid said.

He said she will also run the torch into the opening ceremonies and hand off the torch to the final torchbearer who will the Games cauldron.

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) was announced as the Official Medal Sponsor for the Games on July 16. The medals are shaped like the province of Alberta and prominently feature the RBC logo and the 2014 Airdrie Games logo.

“RBC has a proudly supported the Alberta Summer and Winter Games for over 20 years,” said RBC Regional Vice President Tazmoon Ratanshi in a press release. “As longtime supporters of sport in Canada, we’re committed to helping athletes of varying ability levels succeed and we look forward to encouraging our amateur sport community this summer in Airdire.”

RBC is encouraging Games-goers to bring along a reusable bottle to take advantage of the onsite RBC Water Station. Free reusable water bottle will be given to the first 100 customers at each Airdrie RBC location on July 26.

For more information on the Games, visit 2014airdriegames.ca


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