LAKE PLACID - Organizers of the Empire State Winter Games announced the routing of the torch run that will precede the opening ceremony and the start of competition.
Coordinated by Saranac Lake Village Clerk Kareen Tyler, who reached out to area schools, the torch run, is supported by Stewart's Shops, which for the past four years, has provided re-fueling and warm-up for the torch runners.
The torch run commences Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the Tupper Lake Elementary School. The community will not only begin the iconic run, but will also host women's hockey in the civic center. The torch run and hockey tournament mark Tupper Lake's first participation in the annual event.
"The response we have received from Tupper Lake has been very enthusiastic, not only for hockey, but the school kids are really coming out in support of the torch run," Tyler said. "Then when we arrive in Saranac Lake, the Empire State Winter Games will meet the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival as both events will complement each other."
Tupper Lake has 810 students involved, marking a noteworthy kick off to the run, which will bring the torch to the Tupper Lake Stewart's Shop. It will be delivered to the Saranac Lake Stewart's where, at 11:30 a.m., it will be taken down Bloomingdale Avenue and up Olive Street by students of St. Bernard's School. At 11:45, it will venture over the LaPan Highway to Petrova Elementary School at the bus circle.
The torch will make its way down LaPan Highway at 12:15 p.m., heading to the corner of LaPan Highway and Main Street to meet the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Court. It will then proceed to the Carnival Ice Palace on River Street where it will be greeted by Mayor Clyde Rabideau.
Following a drive to Keene, at 1:30 p.m. fifth grade students will carry the torch around Keene Central School. The schedule then finds the torch at the Ausable Forks Elementary School at 3 p.m. where 20 high school students will bring it to the local Stewart's Shop.
The final leg of the journey will start Thursday evening, Feb. 6, at 5:30, at Stewart's in Lake Placid, for the jog into the opening ceremony at the 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena at 6 p.m.
In addition, 12 students, representing the towns and villages in the regional coalition that took over the ESWG in 2010, will carry flags into the opening ceremony prior to the arrival of the torch.
Torch Run Schedule
Wednesday, Feb 5
- 9:30 a.m. - Tupper Lake Elementary School to Stewart's (810 local students)
- 11:30 a.m. - Saranac Lake Stewart's down Bloomingdale Ave up Olive Street (St Bernard's students)
- 11:45 a.m. - Over pass on LaPan Highway to Petrova Elementary (students around bus circle)
- 12:15 p.m. - Down Lapan Highway to corner of Lapan and Main St. (meet Winter Carnival Court, proceed to Ice Palace to meet Mayor Rabideau at Ice Palace)
- 1:30 p.m. - Keene Central School (5th grade students with torch around the block)
- 3 p.m. - Ausable Forks Elementary School to Stewart's (20 high school students)