Riding In The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay

Olympic Torch Relay

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to put on an Olympic Torch Relay? I got a taste of it today by taking a ride with the official vehicle sponsor of the 2010 Olympic games, General Motors.

The Olympic flame has been making its way across Canada to Vancouver in time for this Friday’s opening ceremonies. When it reaches BC Place this Friday, the flame will have been on the road for 106 days, traveling 45,000KM and carried by 12,000 flame bearers. Supporting this endeavor takes 110 vehicles. Sixteen of them are used in the parade route. The rest are support vehicles to make sure the flame keep moving forward no matter what.

Myself and Lorraine Murphy had the privilege of riding along during the North Shore leg of the torch relay. I have to say it was a pretty amazing experience. The city is extremely excited about hosting the Olympics and residents of the North Shore came out in force to see the flame. Thanks to Sam Macmillan at 6S and Michael Allison at the Wilcox Group for setting up the ride along for us.

The following video and photos doesn’t really capture the energy and enthusiasm of the crowd. You had to be there to truly experience it. I am really looking forward to the opening ceremonies this Friday. See you there!

Olympic Torch Relay

Olympic Torch Relay

Olympic Torch Relay

Olympic Torch Relay

Olympic Torch Relay

Slow Down – Deer Crossing?

Olympic Torch Relay

Either North Vancouver has the strangest deers in the world or someone at city hall can’t draw!


31 thoughts on “Riding In The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay”

  1. Ryan Dempsey says:

    I’m so pumped. Go Canada!

    1. That is really cool John! Are you going to any of the events?

      1. John Chow says:

        Yes, I got some hockey tickets and may check out some other stuff.

        1. I am trying to stay away from all of the Olympic mess to be honest.

          1. And what is the reason ?

            Why you are staying away from these awesome events. Any special reason ?

  2. It’s definitely gonna be interesting. The presence of the olympics alone has brought more business in the hype building up to the event. I wonder how much crazier things will get as it actually begins.

    1. Yes very true.

      This kind of events means more business to any where.

      This is really good opportunity.

  3. That’s so sweet. You’re witnessing history right there.

    1. And we are as well through the eyes of John Chow.

      That is simply amazing.

  4. Diabetis says:

    That is so awesome!

    I guess that being a famous blogger gives you this chance. How I wish to be as famous as you.

  5. Proson says:

    you are in the winter Games John? Surely Canada got lots of chances to win!

  6. That is really cool, my sister got to carry the torch just outside of Vernon on Jan 26th. She really loved it. Something special to be apart of!

  7. That was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Nothing quite like a procession to get people in the mood for things to come.

    I am not used to snow and winter olympics, but I do know that ice-hockey is the Canadian national sport, and I will be rooting for Canada for the gold! Go Canada!

  8. fas says:

    A bankrupt company sponsoring the Olympics, LOL.

    1. lollzz … that is impressive quote.

  9. I’ve been trying to make it to at least 1 Olympic games for 20 years now! I’m glad you had the opportunity to experience the tradition and appreciate it 🙂

  10. I’m so glad that the Olympic is being held in Vancouver this year. It’s not so far from where I live, so I’ll try to make it there.

  11. S Ahsan says:

    Which game are you interested in anyways? I didnt keep up with the last Olympic but am hoping i will catch most of the games this time.

    1. I prefer Ice hockey, this one is freak exciting.

      All action.

  12. Ed Lau says:

    LOL you had to ride in a car the whole time. I got dirty and into the action!

    1. John Chow says:

      I stay clean and was the action! Did people cleared at you for taking their pictures? They did for me! 😀

  13. Steve says:

    Your town is going to be a mess for a while. Ya.

  14. John, you should have been riding along in Media 1 — the vehicle that drives directly in front of the torch. Where is your torch coverage?! I just see people cheering. haha

  15. chester says:

    Great pics. I’m going to check them out today as they’re going to be right outside my office this afternoon. Hope Wayne Gretzky lights the cauldron.

  16. Scott Short says:

    That’s pretty cool John. You should try visiting Sebring, Florida for the 12 hours of Sebring and hop in a racecar around a tough track. Of course, it may not be as exciting as the Olympics. You have finally made it to the Olympics. Any chance a gold medal will be on your neck, too? 🙂

  17. Scott Short says:

    Sorry, I forgot to ask. Any chance you’re going to the World Cup in Johannasburg in the summer?

  18. Boy these photos are lloking like as these all are one family member.

    Really beautiful.

  19. howie says:

    Gratz on the experience.

    Maybe it`s just me, but deer in Canada must look similar to camels (just by looking at that deer crossing sign) =P

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