Hot start will mark Hamilton’s 55th CANUSA Games

The 55th edition of the CANUSA Games will get underway on Tuesday, Aug. 7 in flames.

Well, not exactly flames, but a flame… a torch to be specific. This year’s Games between Flint, Michigan, and Hamilton will start with a Torch Run send off at 9 a.m. at City Hall to officially send the CANUSA Torch on its 245-mile journey stateside.

The torch run will be done in a triathlon style format.

Coordinator Mat Reid and 15 tri-athletes from Hamilton will run 10k out of the city and then cycle for the next three days, arriving in Flint on Friday. The final leg of the torch journey will be a 5k run from Flint’s city limits to the opening ceremonies on Friday, Aug. 10 at 12:30 p.m. at Guy V. Houston Stadium.

The CANUSA Games are an international sporting competition based on the foundation of friendship. The games are held annually, alternating between Flint and Hamilton, and in addition to being considered one of the premier competitions of its kind, CANUSA is the longest running are largest in participation in North America.

Athletes competing in 15 sports are billeted in homes of the host city.

The public is invited to the torch sendoff at the City Hall courtyard.