The Olympic Flame begins its journey across Russia

The Olympic Flame was delivered to Moscow from Athens on October 6.

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From that day forward, it will make its way across the territory of Moscow and then the rest of Russia. This relay will take 123 days to complete and will cover a distance of more than 56 thousand kilometers. 

The Olympic Torch will be carried by a record number of torchbearers. 14 thousand people will have the opportunity to run with the lit torch throughout Russia’s cities. More than 30 thousand volunteers will participate in the relay. The Flame of the Sochi Olympics will be seen by residents from 83 regions of the Russian Federation, covering 90% of the country's population.

The torch weighs nearly 1.8 kg, is 0.95 m tall and 54 mm wide. Its weight and center of gravity were calculated so as to make the torch as comfortable as possible to carry while running.

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