Students will run Empire State Winter Games torch around region

The route for the torch run that will precede the opening ceremony of the Empire State Winter Games has been announced.

The torch run commences on at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 5 at the L.P. Quinn Elementary School in Tupper Lake.

Tupper Lake will also host women’s hockey in the civic center, marking that community’s first participation in the annual event.

“The response we have received from Tupper Lake has been very enthusiastic, not only for hockey, but the school kids are really coming out in support of the torch run,” Saranac Lake village Clerk Kareen Tyler said in a press release. Tyler coordinated the torch run by reaching out to area schools. “Then when we arrive in Saranac Lake, the Empire State Winter Games will meet the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, as both events will complement each other.”

Tupper Lake has 810 students involved. They will bring the torch to the Stewart’s Shop, after which it will be delivered to the Saranac Lake Stewart’s.

At 11:30 a.m., the torch will be taken down Bloomingdale Avenue and up Olive Street by St. Bernard’s School students. At 11:45 a.m., it will cross LaPan Highway by the overpass to the bus circle at Petrova Elementary School.

The torch will make its way down LaPan Highway at 12:15 p.m., heading to the intersection with Main Street to meet the Winter Carnival Court. It will then proceed to the Carnival Ice Palace on River Street where it will be greeted by village Mayor Clyde Rabideau.

Following a drive to Keene, fifth-grade students will carry the torch around Keene Central School at 1:30 p.m. The schedule then finds the torch at the AuSable Forks Elementary School at 3 p.m., where 20 high school students will bring it to the local Stewart’s Shop.

The final leg of the journey will start at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 6, at Stewart’s in Lake Placid and commence at the opening ceremony at the 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena at 6 p.m.

In addition, 12 students, representing the towns and villages in the regional coalition that took over the Empire State Winter Games in 2010, will carry flags into the opening ceremony prior to the arrival of the torch.

The Empire State Winter Games is a partnership between the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism; the towns of North Elba, Harrietstown, Brighton, Wilmington, Tupper Lake and Jay; the villages of Lake Placid, Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake; the counties of Essex and Franklin; the state Olympic Regional Development Authority and State Sen. Betty Little. LPEC Quality Destination Inc., a subsidiary of ROOST, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit group fiscally responsible for the ESWG.