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Indiana Bicentennial Torchbearer

News Release

For immediate release – June 9th, 2015


Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearer nominations are now open


INDIANAPOLIS (June 5, 2015) – Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) and Jefferson County today announced the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is now accepting torchbearer nominations from the public. Torchbearer nominations recognize Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.

“Being selected as an Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearer is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Hoosiers,” Lt. Governor Ellspermann said. “We look forward to honoring Indiana’s history while also optimistically looking forward to the future during this momentous event for Indiana.”

The online nomination form is available in the link below or on the Indiana 2016 website

Applications may also be picked up at the City of Madison City Hall at 101 West Main Street in downtown Madison or at the Madison Visitor's Center.

The nomination period ends on December 31, 2015. Once all nomination forms are collected, a juried nomination process will be employed in each county to select torchbearers.  Nomination committees have been formed in each county to manage this process on a county-by-county basis.

“We are excited about this opportunity to honor many Jefferson County residents from all walks of life as torchbearers and promote the many wonderful parts of our County to the rest of the state that will be watching this closely!” said Linda Lytle, Jefferson County Coordinator and Director of VisitMadison Inc. “This will be a unifying and inspirational event during our bicentennial year, and we’re excited to be planning for it now.”

Developed by IOTD, the relay is patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay and is designed to connect Hoosiers across the state and nation with their home state during the bicentennial year. Though the final route is still in the application process, current plans call for the torch to enter Jefferson County on State Road 7, go through Dupont, ride the train into Madison to represent the historic Railroad Incline, then wind through Madison past schools and historic sites. The date for the Jefferson County leg of the relay is tentatively planned for Friday, September 16th, 2016 and will coincide with a number of events currently being planned for the entire weekend in Jefferson County to celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial.

Nominees must be a current or former resident of Indiana or be nominated in honor of a current or former resident. Hoosiers may be nominated posthumously and a substitute torchbearer can be submitted to carry the torch on behalf of the nominee. Nominees must be at least 10 years of age (torchbearers that are minors will need to meet other youth torchbearer requirements). A nominee must possess the physical adaptive ability to carry the torch a minimum of a quarter mile. Accommodations will be made for those torchbearers with disabilities. The complete list of torchbearer criteria may be found on the online nomination page.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will start September 9, 2016 in Corydon, Indiana’s first state capital, and culminate with a celebration October 15, 2016 on the grounds of the statehouse in Indianapolis. The torch relay will touch each of Indiana’s 92 counties during the 2,300 mile journey across the state.

Volunteer county coordinators are organizing torch relay activities in their respective counties. Additional volunteers will be needed to assist with the preparation and execution of relay-related activities. Hoosiers interested in volunteering can sign up at the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay website.