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Twenty police officers will carry the Flame of Hope all the way to Pointe-Claire for the 2013 Special Olympics Québec Summer Games
2 July 2013
Twenty police officers will carry the Flame of Hope all the way to Pointe-Claire for the 2013 Special Olympics Québec Summer Games

On Thursday, July 4, some twenty police officers partners of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) from all over Québec will run through the streets of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Longueuil, St. Helen’s Island, Montreal and Pointe-Claire during the Torch Relay for the 2013 Special Olympics Québec Summer Games which will be held in Pointe-Claire from July 4 to 7. More than 700 athletes living with an intellectual disability are expected at this 4-day event which will feature competitions in ten different sports.

In support of the athletes, the police officers, known as the keepers of the flame, will start their run at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday and will cover a distance of almost ten kilometers before the end of the day. Athletes Lena Baldoni and Stephan Quick, members of Special Olympics Québec, will run alongside the police officers. Patrol cars from eleven Québec police departments will follow the runners. The Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Longueuil, Montreal and Sherbrooke police departments, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the CN Police and the Military Police will accompany the convoy.

The race will start at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Loyola and Champlain streets, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. The pack will head for the police station for a symbolic ceremony with Mayor Gilles Dolbec. The race will start again in Longueuil, at the intersection of Brébeuf and Curé-Poirier West streets. Longueuil police chief Denis Desroches will welcome the runners at 9:40 a.m.

The race will resume at 10:45 a.m. near the St. Helen’s Island fire hall and will stop at the Aquatic Complex. The torch is expected to reach the Sûreté du Québec headquarters on Parthenais Street in Montreal at 11:45 a.m., for a symbolic ceremony and a lunch break.

The runners will then travel by bus to Sanguinet Street for the next leg of the race which will take them to the Montreal Police Department headquarters on Saint-Urbain Street where they will attend a ceremony with SPVM Assistant Director Pierre Brochet. At 1:10 p.m., they will head for the CN headquarters on De la Gauchetière West for a symbolic passage.

The keepers of the flame will continue their race on René-Lévesque Blvd. heading west towards the RCMP headquarters on Dorchester Blvd. in Westmount, for a symbolic ceremony with RCMP director François Deschênes. They will then head for the Fairview shopping center in Pointe-Claire for the last leg of the race which will take them to Pointe-Claire’s City Hall where they will be greeted by Mayor McMurchie.

The Torch Relay will end at 7 p.m. during the Games’ opening ceremony. The police officers will enter the Bob Birnie Arena in front of some 1,400 participants including over 700 athletes living with an intellectual disability and 300 coaches and mission staff members. During the ceremony, they will light the cauldron to officially launch the Games’ four days of competition. 

WHAT:  8- KM TORCH RELAY IN THE STREETS OF SAINT-JEAN, LONGUEUIL,
ST. HELEN’S ISLAND, MONTREAL AND POINTE-CLAIRE
• Organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the 2013 Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games in Pointe-Claire

WHO:  SEVENTY OFFICERS FROM ELEVEN POLICE FORCES
• Twenty runners and 12 patrol cars
• In cooperation with the Montreal Police Department
• With the participation of police officers from the Saint-Jean, Longueuil and Sherbrooke police departments, the SQ, the RCMP, the CN Police and the Military Police

WHEN:     THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2013 
• 7:50  a.m. -    8:05 a.m.   Relay in the streets of Saint-Jean
• 9:30  a.m. –  9:55 a.m.  Relay in the streets of Longueuil
• 10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.  Relay on St. Helen’s Island
• 11:45 a.m. –  2 :50 p.m.   Relay in Montreal
• 3:30   p.m. –  4:30 p.m.  Relay in Pointe-Claire
• 7 p.m. Opening ceremony of the Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games at the Bob Birnie Arena, 96 Douglas Shand Avenue.


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