“I am toasty warm. I dressed in layers. I’m good to go,” laughed Curtis as he was shuttled to his portion of the relay.
Curtis began his jog following a handoff from Chief Billy Morin from the Enoch Cree Nation mid-Walterdale Hill. A small group of onlookers cheered as he jogged across the new Walterdale Bridge and up to River Valley Road. There, Curtis handed off the torch to Regional Chief Marlene Poitras of the Assembly of First Nations, Alberta.
Torchbearers were nominated as community representatives for each of the 26 torch stops leading up to the games.
All told, Curtis jogged 737 metres, laughing and smiling the entire way.
“Alberta is such a great province. What a great thing for Red Deer to be hosting the Canada Winter Games. I was filled with a lot of pride to be able to run with the torch,” said Curtis.
The torch began its journey across Canada in October on Parliament Hill and will eventually make its way to Red Deer for the opening ceremonies on February 15. The Canada Winter Games run until March 3.