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Thunder Bay’s Olympic Torch Relay Route Announced

December 21, 2009 – In just 13 days from today, the eyes of the world will turn to Thunder Bay as the Olympic Flame arrives as part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola and RBC and supported by the Government of Canada.

The Torch will arrive at Terry Fox monument from Nipigon at approximately 5:47 pm on Sunday, Jan. 3 for a short relay around the monument before it is transported to the top of Red River Road at Picton Avenue to begin Thunder Bay’s main Torch Relay. The Torch Relay on Red River Road will begin at 6:08 pm and continue down to Water Street, travel south on Water Street to Bay Street, up Bay Street to South Algoma Street continuing on Memorial Avenue to Lisgar Street, then left on High Street, right on Beverly and up Paul Schaffer Drive arriving at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium at approximately 7 pm.

“Everywhere you look 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,” said Mayor Lynn Peterson. “On Jan. 3, we’re expecting thousands to turn out for this emotional once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Flame in person right here in our city and feel inspired by its universal message of peace, brotherhood and friendship.”

The torch relay will arrive 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. The crowd will see a new torchbearer carry the flame every 300 metres through the community as it travels on its 45,000-kilometre-long journey across Canada — the longest domestic torch relay in Olympic history.

To celebrate the arrival of the flame, Thunder Bay will host a Community Celebration at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium including live entertainment and a fireworks show. Parking will be very limited in the area. Residents are encouraged to take the free shuttles to the event from Lakehead University off Balmoral Street, and from Intercity Mall near Zellers. Shuttles will return after the event.

On Monday, Jan. 4, the Torch Relay will continue beginning at Fort William First Nation at 8:30 am, and then proceed to Bombardier Transportation Inc., designers of the 2010 Olympic Torch, on Montreal Street arriving at 8:50 am. The Torch Relay will then continue west on Neebing Avenue to Fredrica Street, turn left on James Street South to Arthur Street, and west on Arthur Street ending at the intersection at Parkdale Boulevard before being transported to Kakabeka Falls.

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Contact: Doug Henry, Supervisor – Recreation & Culture Division, 625-2487, cell: 627-9416.