The signature event of the Indiana Bicentennial is the Torch Relay. This tour of all 92 Indiana Counties is designed to inspire and unify Hoosiers as one of the major commemorative events of the Bicentennial celebration. Hoosiers will also symbolically “pass the torch” connecting generations to 'ignite' our future.
The torch will be primarily transported by people, passing the flame from torch bearer to torch bearer. The relay will also employ other modes of conveyance that are symbolic of the history and heritage of Indiana, including watercraft, farm equipment, a racecar, horse and wagon, and antique automobile, among others.Patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay, Indiana’s version was developed by a group from Purdue University. The route will cover 3200 miles over a five week period, averaging 97 miles per day.
There will be celebrations along the route communities celebrate the torch in their own special way. A specialized Indiana Bicentennial Experience will be created to accompany the torch on its journey.
The relay will culminate in Indianapolis on the Statehouse Grounds, with a special welcome ceremony and celebration.
Check out pictures as the torch arrived in Hamilton County
Join the festivities and celebrate “One” Indiana with fellow Hoosiers.
You can download the Torch Relay Mobile App to view photos and follow the relay. The Indiana Bicentennial Relay Mobile App is now available on the App Store and Google Play.
Find photos of the relay on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at IndianaTorchRelay.com.
For questions regarding the Bicentennial Torch Relay, email INTorchRelay@gmail.com.
Some Torch Relay Facts from the Bicentennial website include:
3,200 mile journey across the state traveling through 92 counties
The Torch Relay will begin in Corydon, the state’s first capital, and culminate in Indianapolis on the Statehouse Grounds
The relay was designed to inspire Hoosiers and promote unity across the state by connecting people, communities, and regions
Starts on September 9, 2016 and ends October 15, 2016
The torch will travel 6 days per week (Mondays rest day) for 5 weeks/32 days
Walkers, runners and torch bearers employing modes of transportation that are representative of Indiana culture and heritage will move the torch along its route
Torch Bearers will be chosen from nominations by each county in the state
The torch will be accompanied by a caravan that includes the Indiana Bicentennial Experience
The Torch Relay will conclude on the Statehouse Grounds with a grand celebration for all Hoosiers
The Indiana Bicentennial Experience is a museum on wheels that celebrates the history and culture of the Hoosier State.