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Law Enforcement Torch Relay to kick off Special Olympics festivities tomorrow

The 2015 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games officially get underway at Revolution Place tomorrow evening at 6 o’clock sharp.

Athletes will be arriving in the city tomorrow to take part in the ceremonies, which are free for the public to attend.

Before the opening ceremonies can get started, the Law Enforcement Torch relay will be visiting a number of schools to get things kicked off.

Two teams of RCMP, Sheriffs , Peace Officers, runners, and athletes will start their relay at 8:30 am, making their way around the city through out the morning.

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The next segment of the torch relay will take place after the opening ceremonies get started.

Runners and a traffic escort will start the relay from Muskoseepi Park at 7 pm and make their way north on 102 Street, then east on 108 Avenue, before turning south on 100 Street towards Revolution Place.

A torch lighting will take place back at Muskoseepi Park following the opening ceremonies at 9 pm.

It will be a busy weekend after that, with Floor Hockey, Curling, Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing on the schedule.

Events will be taking place at venues across the city, including the Eastlink Centre, the Curling Club, Nitehawk, the Gordon Badger Stadium, the Wapiti Nordic Ski Club, and a number of local schools.

Grande Prairie residents are encouraged to come out over the course of the weekend to cheer on and celebrate with the athletes, many of whom will have the opportunity after this to move on to national and international levels of competition.

A full schedule of events and results can be found here.

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