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Ceileigh 11-05-2009 08:42 AM

I am an Olympic Torch Bearer
In 1988 I entered every way I could but no luck. I did not get in to the torch relay. My family laughed and said 'you couldn't run a mile if you tried." I remember thinking 'oh yeah' and I went out one day and tried to run a mile. Well they were right!!! :laughing6:

So along comes the 2010 torch relay and I started to enter the first day you could! I entered through RBC (royal bank) and icoke. I entered every draw I saw. Hundreds of thousands of people entered through coke. Of those 6760 were chosen to enter the second level. I won the lottery and had to write an essay (200 - 220 words) about how I lived a healthy lifestyle and inspired others to do so. Well my story talked about how I never saw myself as an athlete until I battled a long illness. After that I developed an "I can" attitude and started to try things I had considered impossible. The result is I have now run 3 half marathons and climbed Mt Kilimanjaro. I wanted this torch spot so bad - it was like redemption. What I could not do in 1988 I CAN do now!

Only 10% of essays got a spot - 676 (or was it 674?) and I was ONE OF THEM! I think you could hear me shout all across Canada when I got the email saying I was a torchbearer.

I now have my OTR track suit ready to go and will be keeping my torch. I run on Sunday December 13 in Arnprior ON about 2 hours from where I actually live.

I can't wait! Sadly the touque is required so my curls will be hidden :(:toothy6:

Mamacurl3 11-05-2009 08:49 AM

congratulations! what an awesome experience :)

CurlyCanadian 11-05-2009 08:54 AM

OMG that's so exciting!!!

My Dads company made the torches and I keep asking him to get me one - I keep getting this look -->:roll:

GuardianB 11-05-2009 08:56 AM

Very cool. What a fantastic opportunity.

medussa 11-05-2009 09:00 AM

How awesome!!!! I am so happy for you!

curlylaura 11-05-2009 09:18 AM

That is so cool!

jeepcurlygurl 11-05-2009 11:50 AM

I'm so excited for you! YAY!!

CocoaCoily 11-05-2009 12:15 PM

Good for you... That is way cool!

CurliLocks 11-05-2009 12:17 PM

OMG! Congratulations! It's so exciting to *know* someone actually carrying the torch. Wow! :bounce:

I'd love to read your essay if you'd like to share. :)

scrills 11-05-2009 12:20 PM

WOW!!! Congrats!

gekko422 11-05-2009 02:49 PM

Very cool!!!! Congratulations!!!

automaticflowers 11-05-2009 03:14 PM

Congratulations, that's such a great story and accomplishment!

rouquinne 11-05-2009 06:01 PM

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!

J!!!! i am soooooooo happy for you!!!!! now i wish that i still lived in Ottawa so i could go see you run!!!!!

BIG HUGS!!!!!!! send me pics!!!!

Spiralli 11-05-2009 06:25 PM

Congratulations! All of your dedication paid off! I am so happy for you and it will be a thrill to "know" someone who is a torch bearer! :)

Ceileigh 11-05-2009 06:26 PM

Rou ... you really should still be in Ottawa. I got a call today and now run at ...
lot information
Torchbearer Code OTR044-167
Day December 12, 2009
City Ottawa(ON)
. Your segment details are: starting along: Richmond
Rd. from: Churchill Ave. to: Athlone Ave. on: Richmond Rd.
Start KM 47
Length About 300 meters
Start Time 6:03:25 PM EST

Maybe you should visit for the weekend!!!

2poodles 11-05-2009 06:36 PM

That's so exciting - congratulations! And have someone take a pic and post it up here so we can share in the experience!!

M2LR 11-05-2009 07:02 PM


va_candi 11-05-2009 07:59 PM

Congratulations! This is so cool. I'm with 2poodles. Please have someone take pics.

The New Black 11-05-2009 08:46 PM

wow that's cool!

Springcurl 11-05-2009 08:53 PM

That is VERY neat!

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