Torch Relay Launches in Victoria

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"Forty-five thousand kilometres, over 1000 cities, and 100 days make up the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, but there is only one starting point - Victoria, British Columbia," said Alan Lowe, chair of the Greater Victoria Spirit of BC Committee. "This is an opportunity the entire region can embrace and we are committed to putting the energy of the Spirit of BC Committee and the city behind this once-in-a-lifetime event."

The Greater Victoria Spirit of BC Committee was responsible for developing the bid proposal to have Victoria chosen as the starting point for the national relay and has been helping to manage the event. The Spirit of BC Committee formed a volunteer Olympic Torch Relay Task Force of community leaders to ensure success and community involvement for the torch related events. The committee is responsible for coordinating all the local content for the evening celebration, as well as liaising with VANOC's Torch Relay team.

"The celebration, featuring some of Victoria's most talented performers, will begin at 5:30 on Friday evening at the Inner Harbour on the Legislative Lawns," said Lowe. "Our committee is really proud of the wide array of entertainment that's been put together and we invite everyone to come down dressed in red and white and help us celebrate Canada."

On Day One, the torch will wind its way through Victoria, Esquimalt, View Royal, Sidney, North Saanich, Central Saanich, Saanich and Oak Bay. On Day Two, the relay will begin in Sooke, and travel through Metchosin, Colwood and Langford before making its way up-Island.

Spirit of BC is a 2010 Legacies Now program, run in partnership with the Province of B.C. The heart of the program is a network of more than 95 Spirit of BC committees, representing more than 200 communities across the province. Spirit of BC promotes community innovation, pride and excellence, and involves British Columbians in the opportunities arising from the 2010 Winter Games.

Spirit of BC is a province-wide program that involves 95 Spirit of BC committees, representing over 200 communities across the province. These committees support local programs and help create opportunities in sport and recreation, arts, literacy, volunteerism, business and tourism.

The committees also host local events for Spirit of BC Week, an annual province-wide celebration. Spirit of BC Week is held in February, and showcases local programs and services that strengthen community arts, literacy, sport, recreation and volunteerism. Spirit of BC is supported by the Province of British Columbia. Visit for more information.