Joe Hutchinson, a freshman decathlete on the UNC track and field team, will fly home to England May 23 to run the Olympic torch before the games begin in London July 27. An international student from Melksham, England, Hutchinson is looking forward to representing his country, according to the The¬†Daily Tar Heel.
He will do a 300-meter jog with the torch. Three hundred different runners each day will carry a torch in a relay for 60 days before the Olympic games. After the jog, Hutchinson will be able to purchase the torch he carries.
Hutchinson was given this opportunity after he was chosen by a panel of judges out of the top 1,000 in a competition to carry the torch. The director of sports from his high school entered him into the competition.