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Lighting the Fire on an Epic Event: The Olympic Torch Relay

Posted on | April 28, 2016 | No Comments

Online Event Management On April 21, 2016 the Olympic torch was officially set ablaze in Olympia, Greece sparking the 2016 Olympic Games. The torch ceremoniously traveled through Greece before it was passed on to the Brazilian Olympic contingent for the Rio games. Check out these interesting event facts on the torch relay for the 2016 Olympic Games.


  • The Rio 2016 Olympic torch was lit for the first time by Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias.
  • There were over 450 torchbearers participating in the torch relay in Greece


  • The torch will be honored at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • The torch will make an appearance at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, headquarters of the International Olympic Committee.


  • The Olympic Torch Relay will officially start in the capital city of Brasilia.
  • The torch will travel for 95-days visiting 83 cities, 26 state capitals and 500 towns.
  • The relay will reach an estimated 90% of Brazil’s population.
  • The relay will cover 20,000km of the country by road and 16,000km by air.
  • Approximately 12,000 torchbearers will carry the torch for roughly 200 meters each.

The torch relay will end on August 5, 2016 with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron during the 2016 Opening Ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium. To learn more about the 2016 Rio Olympic Games visit  For information on how to manage your own epic event please visit


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