Background color
  • Default
  • Black
  • Blue
Font size
  • Default
  • Large
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Recruitment of runners

About the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Torch Relay begins with the kindling of the Olympic flame by the rays of the sun in Olympia, Greece, and is followed by a relay around Greece. The Olympic flame is then transported to the host country where a Torch Relay is conducted until the Opening Ceremony of the Games.
The Olympic flame is a globally-recognised symbol of the Olympics, and the parading of the flame represents the Olympic ideals of peace, unity and friendship. Through the Torch Relay the Olympic values are disseminated across the entire host country, and the relay serves to raise interest in and expectations for the Games.
Actually, there was no Olympic flame at the modern Olympics until the Amsterdam 1928 Games, when a cauldron was erected outside the main stadium. A proposal was made to continue this practice, which has continued until the present day.
The lighting of the Olympic flame is held several months before the beginning of the Olympics at the sacred site of ancient Olympia, near the temple of Hera. Hundreds of people then take their turn to carry the torch a short distance until it reaches the main site of the Games on the day of the Opening Ceremony. The final runners carry the torch into the stadium and the Olympic cauldron is then lit. The cauldron stays alight until the conclusion of the Games.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Iwate Prefecture passing municipalities.


DAY117 Jun.

Shizukuishi Town ➡︎ Takizawa City ➡︎ Hachimantai City ➡︎ Iwate Town ➡︎ Ichinohe Town ➡︎ Ninohe City ➡︎ Hirono Town ➡︎ Fudai Village ➡︎ Noda Village ➡︎ Kuji City

Celebration site:Kuji City

DAY218 Jun.

Iwaizumi Town ➡︎ Tanohata Village ➡︎ Miyako City ➡︎ Yamada Town ➡︎ Otsuchi Town ➡︎ Kamaishi City ➡︎ Ofunato City ➡︎ Rikuzentakata City

Celebration site:Rikuzentakata City

DAY319 Jun.

Ichinoseki City ➡︎ Hiraizumi Town ➡︎ Oshu City ➡︎ Kanegasaki Town ➡︎ Kitakami City ➡︎ Hanamaki City ➡︎ Tono City ➡︎ Shiwa Town ➡︎ Yahaba Town ➡︎ Morioka City

Celebration site:Morioka City

The relay route, the municipalities where the torch relay will travel through and their order, the celebration site and other information provided above are subject to change.

Public Offering of Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs: Overview

Recruiting Period:
July 1 (Mon.) - August 31 (Sat.) 2019

Recruiting Entity
Iwate Prefecture Task Force Torchbearer Application
Number Being Nominated
33 people
How to Apply
Fill out and submit the application form on the Iwate Prefecture website at
Nomination Process
The PTFs will nominate applicants based on the information provided by them, and present them to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, which will make the final decision. Do not send in documents or other materials not required for application, as they will not be considered in the nomination process.
Announcement of Nomination
The Iwate PTF will contact the nominated TBs from the beginning of December, 2019. Subsequently, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will send an official nomination notification to them, which notification shall serve as an announcement of their nominations.
Note that the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will contact those selected with details of their individual paths sometime after mid-February, 2020.
Note that those applicants not nominated will not be notified. However, in the event of an opening for a TB within two weeks prior to the TB’s scheduled run, previous applicants may be selected to move into that slot. In that event, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will notify the individual of their nomination.