The 2012 Olympic Flame is making it’s final stop before heading on an 8000 mile journey through the British countryside before landing in London for the Summer Olympics. 8000 people will be carrying the torch across the country over the next couple months.
The Olympic organizers have taken all precautions possible to ensure the safety of the torch and its carriers while planning the route. Demonstrators at the 2008 Beijing games tried to put out the flame and threw themselves in the path of the torch to protest China’s human rights record and their policy on Tibet.
A team of 28 police officers, who will wear a special uniform but be unarmed, will be with the torch 24 hours a day, protecting the torch and the torchbearers. Some of the officers will have to run between 15-25 miles per day to keep up with the route.
The torch relay will begin on Saturday, and will be carried by Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor, three-times gold medallist Ben Ainslie.
You can view the entire relay map here.