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Moscow to Sochi torch route announced

Moscow to Sochi torch route announced

In exciting news that has captured the imaginations of many Russians, Dimitry Chernyshenko, President of the ‘Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee’, announced details last week regarding the Olympic torch route. Taking place on the 7th of October 2013, 123 days before the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, the Olympic torch relay is set to be the longest in history, spanning 40390 miles by foot, car, rail, plane, and troika.

Amongst the talk about the route was the possibility of the Olympic torch’s first visit in to orbit, stopping off at the International Space Station, before parachuting back down to Earth. The torch is also scheduled to visit the Avachinsky volcanoes on the easternmost tip of Russia, the Curonian Spit on the Baltic Sea, and the very foot of the world’s largest freshwater reserve, Lake Baikal.

Travelling across all 83 regions of Russia, the torch’s route is designed to be received by over 90% of Russia’s population as it passes through more than 2,900 towns. The 14,000 torchbearers from all over the country will be contributing along with the regions to this celebration of Russia’s diverse and colourful background.