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Kingston to Host TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay

October 1, 2014 -

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay, presented by President's Choice, is coming to Kingston!

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 Games.

Residents of Kingston are invited to enter to be a torchbearer today at TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay.

"We're excited that Kingston has been named as a major celebration community for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay and we look forward to welcoming the Pan Am flame as we showcase our unique heritage and sporting traditions," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen.

"We encourage all of our residents who will be aged 13 and older by May 30, 2015 to sign up to be torchbearers today at TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay. We'll also be selecting our own special community torchbearer to run on our behalf when the flame comes to town."

The highly-anticipated 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 other cities in Canada, as well as 130 communities in all corners of 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.

Along with the public application process, which closes December 1, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. (ET), torchbearers will also be chosen by torch relay route communities, and other Games stakeholders.

Torchbearers must be a Canadian citizen or legal resident of Canada and 13 years of age or older (as of May 30, 2015). For a complete list of criteria, visit TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay.

About the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President's Choice and the Ontario Lottery Corporation, and supported by community partner CIBC, will invite Canadians to celebrate and share the Pan Am spirit throughout its 41-day journey towards Toronto, the Host City of the Games.

The torch relay starts May 30, 2015 and concludes July 10, 2015 with the dramatic lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in downtown Toronto.

The TORONTO 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as Lead Partner CIBC and other partners and sponsors.

For more information, visit TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay.

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For further information, please contact:

Teddy Katz
Director, media relations and chief spokesperson, TO2015
416.957.2117
teddy.katz@toronto2015.org

Cindie Ashton
Media relations officer, City of Kingston
613-329-3462
cashton@cityofkingston.ca