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Michelin torch run came through Kentville June 7. - FILE
To help raise awareness of the upcoming Special Olympics Nova Scotia Games, Michelin is again hosting three torch runs this month in communities throughout the province.
Almost 2,000 runners and walkers are expected to participate in the SONS Torch Runs hosted by Michelin to help raise awareness of the 2014 SONS Summer Games, which will take place June 20-22 in Antigonish.
‚ÄúMichelin is very proud to support SONS and our longstanding tradition of the annual Torch Run,‚ÄĚ said Grant Ferguson, president, Michelin Canada. ‚ÄúThe run is certainly a highlight for our employees and we‚Äôre proud to feature these special athletes in our communities and encourage everyone to get out and cheer them on, along with our employees.‚ÄĚ
Michelin employees, retirees, relatives, friends, teachers and students will take to the roads and streets, along with Special Olympic athletes and special needs individuals, to help promote the games. Torch Run kick-off ceremonies will take place at all three Michelin manufacturing facilities.
The first event will be held at Michelin Waterville, beginning at 9 a.m. on June 5. The run departs from the site, continues to Kingston and finishes in Greenwood at 4 p.m.. On June 6, at 8:30 a.m., runners will leave the Michelin plant, heading east on Highway #1, finishing in Wolfville at 3 p.m.
Events are also planned in Pictou County and Bridgewater.