Orangeville to host Pan Am Torch Relay next spring

October 1, 2014   ·   0 Comments

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay is coming to Orangeville next spring.

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.

And residents of Orangeville are invited to enter to be a torchbearer during the relay.

“Orangeville’s selection as a major celebration community for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay is wonderful news,” said Mayor Rob Adams. “It’s a chance to celebrate and share the Pan Am spirit, and to raise awareness about the Pan Am Games and what the Orangeville area has to offer. We look forward to welcoming the Pan Am flame next spring as we showcase our unique heritage, talents and sporting traditions.”

“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,” Mayor Adams said. “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. 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 TO2015, the Games Organizing Committee .

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, 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

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