Torch tours Bay Area

The Associated Press
Saturday January 19, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO — A sports figure, a television celebrity and the widow of a local hero transported the Olympic Torch in its 150-mile route through the San Francisco Bay area on Friday. 

San Francisco Giants’ Barry Bonds, who set baseball’s season home-run record last fall carried the torch through the city, while Santa Rosa resident Deena Burnett ran with the torch in Oakland. Her husband Thomas was aboard United Airlines Flight 93 and apparently participated in a passenger revolt that brought the plane down in a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11. 

Pat O’Brien from the syndicated entertainment news program Access Hollywood, carried the torch through Santa Cruz. 

Friday’s route started at Santa Cruz’s Surfing Museum and continued to San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation. The torch is expected to travel north through the East Bay, where after a welcome from Oakland mayor Jerry Brown, it will be ferried to San Francisco’s Justin Hermann Plaza at 7:46 p.m. The torch will travel not just with runners, but also by ferry and cable car. 

Saturday’s runners will carry the flame through the North Bay up to Sacramento. It will then wind its way through Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado before arriving in Salt Lake City on Feb. 8 in time for the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Games. 

Specific routes and detailed information can be found on the official 2002 Salt Lake City Games Web page at http://www. saltlake2002.com.