One enchanted morning: a torch song for the torch relay

Yesterday my little sister Cate was runner # 001 in the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay at Whistler. What a thrill to be a part of it and see the workings of the relay up close. It’s hard to imagine something this complex can operate with blazing precision yet be warm and human – but that was my sense of it.

It was 6:40 a.m., dark and nippy as our cheering section of eight gathered in the deserted parking lot. Within minutes our numbers grew. Dozens of uniformed RCMP officers materialized for a photo, vans drew up, Cate hopped out of the torch-bearer bus, cameras flashed, the famous miner’s light appeared in the gloom, her torch was aflame and she started to run – you could say magic was afoot.

It was truly beautiful – the blazing torch, the draped strings of tiny lights, a happy, jostling crowd beside Cate, the reflecting Olympic rings on the backs of officials who scurried in and out, on foot, on bikes and on time!

In what seemed like a trice Cate had covered her distance and touched the torch of runner # 002. The flame danced higher and brighter for a moment and the operation moved on. A magical interlude for Cate and for us and, it seemed to me, for everyone gathered.

Congratulations Cate – a well-deserved honour. Shine on!


4 responses to “One enchanted morning: a torch song for the torch relay

  1. Anita,

    Thanks for sharing this! I was already interested in the whole event, but now I feel even closer to the torch relay, to think that I know someone who knows someone who actually ran with the flame…

    (Funny, eh?)


  2. Uncle Harry and all our family

    Well done Cate, we are all very proud of you. What a thrill it must have been for you to be cheered by so many family and friends. an event none of us will forget

  3. Hey Cate & Anita,

    Wow, what an honour for you to be a torch bearer! Great pics. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Here’s to a great 17 days ahead!!

    Love cousin John xo

  4. Running with the torch was the easy part. Trust Anita to put the experience into words which so succinctly portray how it felt to be a part of the magic of the flame.

    Thanks for being there Neets. Sharing that moment with family and friends made it all so much more memorable.

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