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Monday, December 21, 2009

One Week Till the Torch

There's a lot of excitment about the Olympic Torch in town hear, if only because the darn thing seems to be circling the Royal City. On the weekend it was in Georgetown and Acton, and today its in Brantford.

Well, we'll finally get our turn a week today, as the Olympic flame will be run downtown via Paisley, stop breifly at City Hall and then head off up Eramosa, in part, by horse-drawn carriage. From here it'll head off to Erin, Alton and Orangeville.

Below, I've cut and paste the City's press release and the route maps. Two things to keep in mind though: get up early because the flame leaves Silvercreek Parkway at 7:30 AM, and remember too that the route and times may be subject to change, so check back to the site here for the latest information.

GUELPH, ON, December 14, 2009 – In just 14 days, the eyes of the world will be on Guelph as the Olympic Flame arrives as part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.

“It is an honour for our city to be chosen to take part in the Olympic Torch Relay," said Mayor Karen Farbridge. "The excitement is building for the arrival of the Olympic Flame and everyone is invited to come out and cheer it on its journey to Vancouver.”

Residents of Guelph eager to catch the Olympic spirit will have the opportunity to see the Olympic Flame in person on December 28, as it passes through Guelph on its way to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The torch relay will pass through Guelph from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. as part of a convoy of vehicles, which will include torchbearer shuttles, media vehicles, relay support vehicles and police cruisers. Temporary rolling road closures will ensure the safety of the torchbearers and spectators lining the relay route. Join in the excitement and see the torchbearers carry the flame as it travels on its 45,000-kilometre-long journey across Canada — the longest domestic torch relay in Olympic history.

Here's a You Tube video of the torch's pass through my hometwon Georgetown Saturday morning. The picture above is a screen capture from this vid in case you were wondering.

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