Relay History

The Paralympic Torch Relay was first launched in Seoul in 1988 with a lighting ceremony at Mani Mountain of Kangwa Island in Korea. The torch was carried by 282 torchbearers – 111 of which with a disability – on a route of about 105km. From then on, the Flame was the signal for the
starting of the Games.

1988 year

At Barcelona in 1992, the Paralympic Games shared the same Flame as the Olympic Games. The route took the Flame over 242km and on its way passed through 30 municipalities of the region of Barcelona. A total of 505 torchbearers were involved.

1992 year

This number doubled when in 1996 over 1,000 torchbearers carried the Flame more than 1,660km through 100 cities. The Paralympic Flame came from the undying flame at the Martin Luther King monument. The then President of the United States, Bill Clinton, passed the flame to the first
torchbearer at the White House.

1996 year
At Sydney in 2000, the Flame was transported by plane to all Australian state capitals covering a distance of more than 11,500km. Special emphasis was given to the city of Sydney and the surrounding areas.
2000 year

In Salt Lake City in 2002, Eric Weihenmeyer, the first blind man to successfully climb Mount Everest, carried the Paralympic torch to the podium of the Stadium - guided by his dog – and passed it to Muffy Davis and Chris Waddell, who jointly lit the Paralympic cauldron.

2002 year

In Athens 2004, the Flame was lit in in the Hephaestus Temple. A total of 680 torchbearers carried the Flame through 54 municipalities, visiting all archaelogical sites of Attica and all Games venues.

2004 year

After an exciting Paralympic Flame lightning ceremony of the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, in Rome and Torino, a total of 150 torchbearers carried the Flame through the Piemont Region, including several accessible landmarks and to the top of Monte Rosa.

2006 year

The lighting ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Torch Relay took place at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China. The Paralympic Flame was lit using the optical focus of a concave mirror, thus demonstrating the “integration of Heaven and Man”. There were 850 torchbearers and two different routes, with people with a disability accounting for 20 per cent of the participants.

2008 year