Torch run kicks off Winter Games

Perry Bergson
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The 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games had their unofficial opening Sunday morning with the torch run.

Ten local coaches and athletes participated in the 3.8-km run, which headed south along Second Avenue West to 15th Street, turned east to Central Avenue, south to 22nd Street and west to Sixth Avenue East before heading south to the Art Hauser Centre.

Amy Pilon, who will compete in bowling during the Games, started the run from the E.A. Rawlinson Centre.

“It’s an honour,” she said just prior to departing. “I was surprised when it happened but it’s great. I’m excited.”

Roger Mortimer, a hockey and baseball coach whose son Jack also participated in the run, had his share of the run include the overpass on Central Avenue heading south toward the Court of Queen’s Bench.

The recreational runner chuckled about drawing one of the tougher assignments. But he ended up with bigger problems than the incline.

“The road was a little slippery too and my lace came undone,” he said with a smile after he finished. “It was all part of the run. I knew my son was waiting at the end of it so that was great motivation.

“It was terrific.”

The torch made its way to the Art Hauser Centre well before its anticipated 11:15 a.m. arrival as a motivated group of torch runners made good time.

Cortni Millhoise, who will compete in figure skating, finished the run up in reasonably heavy snow that had hit midway through the event.

The other torch runners were Chelsey Taylor (soccer athlete who won bronze at the 2012 Saskatchewan Summer Games bronze), Jack Mortimer (hockey and baseball player), Troy Henderson (bowler), Wolfgang Manicke (martial arts instructor), Landon Leschyshyn (hockey player), Kinsey Walsh (figure skater who is competing in the Games) and Austin Ermine (karate.)


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Organizations: Art Hauser Centre, E.A. Rawlinson Centre

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Central Avenue, 15th Street 22nd Street Sixth Avenue East

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