Children and parents, neighbors and friends — they were on sidewalks and porches and front yards in Byron and Bergen on a sunny evening in June to see the Jr. Olympic Torch Run. For the third year, varsity runners from Byron-Bergen High School, escorted by the local fire departments, ran the torch through both towns in preparation for the Elementary School’s Jr. Olympic Games. The runners were grateful for the community’s encouragement along the way. They clearly enjoyed being part of the celebration.
Organized by Varsity Track Coach Ken Rogoyski and Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Alyson Tardy, the Jr. Olympic Torch Run revives an old tradition many alumni may remember from the past. The custom of opening the school’s Jr. Olympic Games with the running of the torch began in 1976, but fell out of practice over the years. “It’s a fun way to connect with our neighbors,” said Tardy. “We’d really like to thank the folks at the fire departments for their support. We hope that even more people will take a moment to come out and enjoy the show next year.”
Photo Left: Runner Anna Hersom carries the Torch in Bergen as well-wishers look on.
Feature Photo: Proud Bees after the 2018 Jr. Olympic Torch Run, (l-r) Jerome Spinks, Dayanra Caballero, Siomara Caballero, Anna Hersom, Hope Hersom Miriam Tardy, Josh Tardy, Paul McDermott and Travis Lambert with our great driver from the Bergen Fire Department.