With one year to go until the Olympic flame arrives in the UK, the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) and the Presenting Partners have unveiled the dates and the first 74 locations of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay (OTR) route. In addition, they have also launched the search for the 8,000 people that will carry the Olympic flame around the country. The London 2012 OTR will no doubt be a driving force in increasing excitement around the country ahead of the Games, with an estimated 95% of the UK population being within a one-hour journey time of the final route.
London 2012’s OTR will kick off in the UK on 19 May 2012 at Land’s End, after arriving from Greece the day before. The flame will then travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic flame comes to a place near them. This first phase of the route has been created over the past year thanks to LOCOG’s work with representatives from a number of sectors in each nation and region of the UK. Following this initial announcement, a second more detailed plan of the route will be announced later this year and will include many other cities, towns, villages, places of outstanding natural beauty, sports venues and community hubs. The flame is expected to travel for approximately 12 hours a day and will conclude on 66 of the 70 days with an exciting early-evening celebration event.
Shine A Light
Sebastian Coe, Chairman of LOCOG, said: “The Olympic flame will shine a light right across every nation and region of the UK and showcase the very best of who we are and where we live. The first locations on the route confirmed today give a flavour of the reach the Olympic Torch Relay will have around the UK and how extensive the opportunity for starting to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games will be.”
Nominate A Torchbearer
Together with its OTR Presenting Partners, LOCOG is inviting the UK public to nominate inspirational people, giving them their “moment to shine” and have their story celebrated in the run-up to the start of the 2012 Games. An average of 110 people a day will carry the flame during its 70-day journey and LOCOG’s Moment to Shine public nominations campaign is looking to find 2012 inspirational members of the public to fill one of those roles. The Presenting Partners will also be looking for torchbearers, with their campaigns set to launch in June 2011. Half of the places on the OTR are expected to go to people aged between 12 and 24 years of age, who are considered leading lights in their local communities.
London was elected as the host city for the Games of the XXX Olympiad on 6 July 2005 at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore. London eventually succeeded in the fourth round of voting, taking 54 votes from a possible 104. London faced stiff opposition during the vote from the other four Candidate Cities: Paris, New York, Moscow and Madrid. There will be 26 sports on the Olympic programme in London in 2012 and around 10,500 athletes.