The Liberty Torches Marathons Have Began. As in previous years, people from all over Guatemala begin a marathon to go to another part of the country to get the flame so they can bring back the Independence Torch back to their communities. There are many places the have a torch where other people from other towns can light their torch to bring back to their own communities. Of course, there are favorite destinations to get the Independence Flame and La Antigua Guatemala is one of them. All the different torches in different locations throughout Guatemala and their respective marathons build a web of people running in all different directions at the same time. It is a traffic nightmare and it is recommended to stay home during the days coming up to Independence day, September 15, unless, of course, you are running for your community to fetch the light for your torch.
Here’s video from last year’s Independence celebrations.