Indiana celebrates 200th birthday with statewide torch relay

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will wrap up Saturday in Marion County with the final leg of the 3,200 mile journey.

The relay began September 9th in Harrison County and the torch has now traveled by historic and significant building and landmarks across the state. This is all to celebrateIndiana’s 200th birthday this year. 

The Marion County portion began with a ceremony at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Visit Indiana’s Mark Newman and IMS Vice President Allison Melangton spoke at the ceremony.

“It gives us time to reflect on how far we have come since 1816, but it also gives us the opportunity to look forward,” Hogsett said. “Where do we want to be as a state? Where is Indianapolis and Indiana going in the next 100 to 200 years?”

Retired Indy Car Driver Sarah Fishers was the first of Marion County’s 33 torchbearers. She had the torch attached to an Indy Car and took it around the track for a few laps.

The torch will travel in total 51 miles around Marion County makes stops by the Butler campus, Indiana War Memorial and Monument Circle before finishing the trip at the Indiana Statehouse.

There’s a Bicentennial celebration today at the Statehouse from noon to five with activities for families.

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