The Olympic Torch will take a break as it makes its way to the Salt Lake City games in Tacomas Theatre on the Square Park from 1:40 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Jan. 23.
Two past Olympic Gold Medal winning boxers, Sugar Ray Seales, 1972 gold medalist, and Leo Randolph, 1976 gold medalist, will join Tacomas own torchbearers – chosen for being inspirations to others – or the celebration on Broadway between South 9th and 11th streets.
Mayor Bill Baarsma will address the gathering, a 2002 Salt Lake City Organizing Committee representative will speak and the Foss High School International Choir will sing.
Rotary 8 President Kathy Martin will run the torch by Friendly Chevrolet on First Avenue between G. Street and Tacoma Avenue at 2:30 p.m.
The Stadium High School band will entertain bystanders and the business district will sell hot dogs, apple pie and soda for $1. The neighborhood councils will pass out flags. The torch will end its 49th day in Seattle.
The Olympic Torch is nearing the end of its 65-day journey through the United States to the Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah on Feb. 8.
During its journey, which began in Dec. 4 in Atlanta, Ga., the Olympic Torch will pass through 46 states on a 13,500-mile journey that will feature over 11,500 inspirational torchbearers.
For more information on Pierce Countys leg of the national torch relay and local inspirational torch bearers, visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Commissions Web site at: