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ESG Torch Run started in E-town

The 2012 Empire State Winter Games Torch Run will again start in Elizabethtown Feb. 1 and continue to the opening cermonies the next day.

The 2012 Empire State Winter Games Torch Run will again start in Elizabethtown Feb. 1 and continue to the opening cermonies the next day. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— With the countdown beginning to the 2012 Empire State Winter Games (ESWG) in the Lake Placid Adirondack region, event organizers have announced a torch run, supported by Stewart’s Shops, will be held Feb. 1-2.

The iconic prelude to these Games will begin in Elizabethtown on Wednesday, Feb. 1, and will conclude at the 6 p.m. Opening Ceremony in the Lake Placid Olympic Center on Thursday night, Feb. 2.

Saranac Lake Village Clerk Kareen Tyler, the volunteer coordinator of the torch run since last year’s debut, announced Tuesday that the event will start at the Stewart’s Shop in Elizabethtown at 9:15 a.m.

“Fans of the ESWG, families of runners and Games athletes, and other supporters are encouraged to cheer the torch runners as the make their way through the area,” Tyler said.

From Elizabethtown, the torch will run up and over Route 9N / Spruce Hill to the Route 73 intersection, where it will turn left onto Route 73 and proceed to Marcy Field between Keene and Keene Valley.

Afterward, the torch run will advance to the Stewart’s Shop in Keene. After a brief rest for “re-fueling” with hot chocolate and cookies, the torch moves to Ausable, Jay, the bus drop-off at Steinhoff’s on Route 86 outside Wilmington, and finally to the Wilmington Youth Center on Springfield Road where the day’s activities will culminate.

On Thursday, Feb. 2, the torch run will resume at 2:40 p.m. at the Mount Pisgah Recreation Center in Saranac Lake. It will be carried to the Dewey Mountain Ski Center off Route 3 at 3:10 p.m. The Saranac Lake Stewart’s Shop on Bloomingdale Avenue will host the torch at 3:45 p.m. At 4:15 p.m., it will stop at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace on River Street.

With anticipation building for the Opening Ceremony in the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena, the torch run will resume at 5:30 p.m. at the Stewart’s Shop on Main Street in Lake Placid, followed by the 6 p.m. entry into the ceremony site.

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