Photo Rafale Pacheco from La Nacion archives
Photo Rafale Pacheco from La Nacion archives

QCOSTARICA – Some 2,000 students will be carrying the Antorcha de la Independencia (Independence Torch) from Peñas Blancas, at the Nicaragua border, to its final destination in Cartago for the independence day celebrations on September 15.

The torch will arrive in Costa Rica on Sunday, at 11:00am, where students will in tandem carry it to the Vieja Metropoli (Old Metropolis) as Cartago is often referred to, expected to arrive by 6:00pm Monday, September 14.

In total, the torch will travel 386 kilometres across country,’ said Mario Alfaro, coordinator for the Independence Day Commission of the Ministry of Education.

The Fuerza Publica (police), Bomberos (fire department) Crus Roja (Red Cross) and the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) will provide security for the students and the torch on its travel trough the provinces of Guanacaste, Puntarenas, Alajuela, San Jose and Cartago.

In city of Cartago, the students will hand over the torch to two Special Olympics athletes – Adriana Sotela, open water swimmer and cyclist Carmen Gonzalez – who in turn will pass it on to President Luis Guillermo Solis, who together with his cabinet will participate in the commemorative event.

Sotela and Gonzalez participated in the Special Olympics World Games 2015, a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities, held the Los Angeles Coliseum, in California. Gonzalez won a gold medal, Sotela a bronze.

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