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40th Anniversary of CMS Olympic Torch Run

40th Anniversary of CMS Olympic Torch Run
Terry Lakin


On June 8, 1984, students from Columbus Magnet School (now Concord Magnet School K-8) participated in a 21-mile run through the City of Norwalk carrying handmade Olympic torches. Teams of students ran one-half mile stretches of the route which was specifically planned to pass by all of Norwalk’s public schools. The CMS Olympic Torch Run was conceived and organized by CMS physical education teacher Tom Kretsch.  This year’s CMS Torch Run on Friday, May 24, 2024, marks the event’s 40th anniversary. 

Since 1984, the CMS Olympic Torch Run has become a beloved school tradition, evoking special memories from former students, families and staff. In 1996, Tom Kretsch wrote to the US Olympic Committee to share about the event and after many letters and phone calls and with much determination, the Committee sent CMS an authentic Olympic Torch - one of only 200 in existence. 

The Torch Run is a huge undertaking, requiring the support of CMS staff, families and the community. In addition, the CMS PTA is hoping to raise funds to defray expenses and to provide all CMS students and staff with a commemorative event t-shirt. They are seeking tax-deductible Business/Corporate Sponsorships. If you would like to learn how you can become a CMS Torch Run sponsor, please visit the link below for additional information.