TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay coming to Oakville on June 23, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015 – for immediate release

TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay coming to Oakville on June 23, 2015

Residents invited to celebrate and share the Pan Am spirit

Oakville’s community spirit will shine bright when the Pan Am flame arrives in Centennial Square on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 as part of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice® and OLG.

Plans are in the works for a community event to celebrate the occasion. Details, including specific timing, will be confirmed in May.

“We are very excited to be included as a stop in the Pan Am Games Torch Relay,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I encourage everyone to save the date and invite their friends and family to celebrate this international event honouring athletes both in our community and around the world.”

The torch relay begins its 41-day journey when the Pan Am flame is lit during a traditional Aztec lighting ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico before landing in Canada on May 30, 2015. Three-thousand torchbearers will carry the flame through more than 130 Ontario communities as well as Richmond, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal and Halifax. The torch will see more than 60 modes of transportation exceeding 5,000 kilometres on the road and 15,000 kilometres by air. It will visit six Canadian Forces Bases, a national and provincial park and five First Nations communities before lighting the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto on July 10, 2015. A detailed route map is available on the TORONTO 2015 website.

TORONTO 2015 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 supporters Ontario Trillium Foundation, Porter Airlines and Star Media Group (or Metroland Media) to ensure it is a memorable experience for everyone involved.

A separate TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Torch Relay will take place prior to the start of the Games on August 7, 2015. Details on the route and torchbearer application process will be released in April 2015.

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TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay coming to Oakville on June 23, 2015