Sochi 2014: Torch Relay to set new winter Games record and ignite the Olympic Spirit across the country
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October 9 - Some 14,000 people will help carry the 2014 Olympic Torch on a run lasting 123 days, passing through 2,900 towns and settlements and covering more than 65,000 kilometers.
The Olympic Flame will be moved through Russia by car, train, plane and even a traditional Russia winter sleigh pulled by horses or reindeer called a Russian “troika.” Coca-Cola, Ingosstrakh Insurance Company and JSC Russian Railways are sponsoring the run.
As many as 130 million Russians are expected to have a chance to see the Torch as the Official Relay winds through the world’s geographically largest nation. The route was designed to let as many Russians as possible be able to see the Torch as it goes by and around 90 percent of the nation’s population will be within an hour of the Relay at some point.
The route, including the various regional Russian capitals which the Olympic Flame will visit, was announced by Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee president and CEO, in a ceremony in Moscow this week.
Under a long-standing tradition, the Olympic Flame will be lit in Olympia, Greece. It will come to Moscow on October 7, 2013. The next day, it will begin the journey through Russia. Part of the route from Moscow will take the Torch through Sochi, where the 2014 Games will be held. It will also pass through historic and culturally important areas like Yasnaya Polyana, the Russian part of the Curonian Spit, the Avachinskiy Volcanoes and the Kizhi Museum Reserve. The Torch will be in Kazan, Russia for the New Year.
The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay will be the longest in terms of distance in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. It will visit all 83 Russian regions from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok, covering on average 535 kilometers per day. More than 30,000 volunteers are expected to pitch in to make the relay a success.
"The Olympic Torch Relay is one of the most important and magical Olympic occasions. It continues the build-up of excitement ahead of the Games. As well as spreading the Olympic values to the whole country. We will be creating, as a nation, an important part of Russian history,” Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee President Chernyshenko said. “I am sure that the Olympic Torch Relay will be welcomed by a wonderful celebration in every city it visits. The Sochi 2014 Relay will bring the entire country together, highlighting the diversity and beauty of Russia, particularly the people of Russia themselves. For one day during the Relay, each town or settlement that the Olympic Flame visits will become the center of attention and it will be a unique chance to showcase the town to the whole world.”
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