The Olympic torch will make a brief stop in Iowa and Nebraska early next year on its way to Salt Lake City. About a hundred residents of Council Bluffs and Omaha are being singled out to carry the torch, each for a short distance. Judy Black, of Council Bluffs, will be 58 years old by January.The run is two-tenths of a mile per runner. The Olympic Committee says you can walk, fast walk, jog or run and “at my age, I will be doing a fast walk.” Some torchbearers may also be rolling — in their wheelchairs. Black says being selected is -quote- “the greatest honor in my life, other than being a mother.”She’s carrying the torch in honor of her son, Wally, who was killed in a car crash in 1986 at age 23. Black says he was a long-distance runner and loved the Olympic Games and all the ideals for which they stand. She learned to appreciate the Games through her late son’s enthusiasm.While it’ll likely be cold and snowy by the time the torch comes to Iowa, Black says she’ll participate even if she has crawl or wade through hip-deep snowdrifts. The torch will be carried for several miles in Council Bluffs and Omaha on January 10th.
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