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Pan Am Games Torch Relay comes to town on July 2

March 2, 2015 -

It's official: the Pan Am Games Torch Relay will arrive at Kingston's Fort Henry on Thursday, July 2.

Ours is one of 130 communities hosting a major celebration on the 41-day Torch Relay, which starts on May 30 and ends at the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto on July 10. The torch relay will travel through downtown Kingston enroute to Fort Henry - one of five national historic sites that will be visited by the relay - where the celebration ceremony will take place.

"Kingston is thrilled to welcome the 2015 PanAm Games Torch Relay this summer," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "We look forward to showcasing our beautiful community and supporting our athletes ahead of what promise to be very exciting games."

"We are honoured to be hosting the Pan Am torchbearers on Fort Henry hill this July. The Pan Am Games are a significant multicultural sporting event for Ontario and we are proud to be actively participating from Kingston," says Darren Dalgleish, CEO and general manager, St. Lawrence Parks Commission.

Chosen by fellow citizens, Kingston's torchbearer will be announced early this summer – along with further details of festivities to welcome the torch.

Three-thousand torchbearers will complete the relay route, which can be found at www.toronto2015.org/torch-relay

The Pan Am Games take place in Toronto from July 10 to 26 and the Parapan Am Games take place there from August 7.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, media relations officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.