LIVE from Macomb County….it’s the Bicentennial Torch Relay!

torch logoAnticipation is building for the 200-mile Bicentennial Torch Relay. Runners are getting warmed up, communities are readying torch hand-off locations and supporters are planning how they can cheer on the torchbearers. It’s certainly an exciting time in Macomb County. And today, we’re thrilled to share another exciting development – supporters can follow along with the torch relay live! Here’s how you can tune in:

  1. On Thursday, June 21, Make Macomb Your Home will go live on Facebook as County Executive Mark A. Hackel kicks-off the relay in Mount Clemens. Hackel and several community leaders will light the torch at the Macomb County Administration Building and then run it through downtown, handing it off to the next runner at the Mount Clemens City Hall Building. Join us on our Facebook page here at 5:25 a.m. Thursday morning to watch the kick-off live. And if you haven’t already, make sure to like our page for updates!
  2. Starting Thursday, June 21, supporters can also visit the Macomb 200 torch relay page and track the torch’s location in real time as it traverses all 27 Macomb County communities. Follow along to see if the torch is near you and then come out to the route and cheer on our torchbearers! Bring your cameras, noisemakers and flashlights (for the evening portion) and let these men and women know that they are doing a great job. By showing this support, you will not only give these runners a boost, you will also celebrate Macomb County and its 200th anniversary.

For those who haven’t heard about the torch relay, here’s a quick rundown:

To celebrate its bicentennial year, Macomb County will host a 200-mile, non-stop torch relay starting on June 21 and ending on June 22, kicking off the Mount Clemens’ fireworks celebration. Similar to the opening of the Olympics, this event will represent the strong spirit of our community, showcasing its pride and resilience. It will bring people together and honor the individuals who sacrificed and worked hard to make our region what it is today. All told, it will be a spectacular event, made even more special by the 200 residents and community leaders who have volunteered to run and carry one-of-a-kind torches. Over the course of 40 hours, these runners will traverse all 27 county communities, Lake St. Clair and Stony Creek Metropark, Selfridge Air National Guard Base and Macomb Community College. For information about the route, runners and timing for when the torch will be coming through your community, visit the Macomb 200 website.

Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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