The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Torch Relay concluded after a 10 day route that saw the flame travel to 45 cities across every federal district in Russia. As part of a special international extension of the Relay, the Paralympic flame made an inspirational visit to the British village of Stoke Mandeville, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement. In total, the Relay involved over 1,500 Russian citizens from home and abroad, with over 20% of the Paralympic torchbearers were people with a disability. Approximately 4,000 volunteers were involved in the organization of the urban stage of the Relay.
The Paralympic Torch Relays are held before every Paralympic Games. They are shorter than the traditional relays before the Olympics, but the hype around it is not less. The Paralympic Torch Relay "Sochi 2014" started on February 26 and will end on March 7 at the Central Stadium, becoming the highlight of the opening ceremony of the XI Paralympic Winter Games. The Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi will be held from 7 to 16 of March, 2014. The Paralympic Torch Relay "Sochi 2014" will be held in all eight federal districts of the Russian Federation, and will affect 45 cities of Russia. It will be attended by more than 1,500 torchbearers. Also the relay will involve at least 4,000 volunteers. Unlike the traditional Olympic Games the Paralympic Torch Relay will start not in Olympia. The organizers themselves determine where and how the torch will be lit.
In Canada before the Winter Paralympics in 2010 the fire was lit by the Indian chiefs. The fire of the Paralympic Games in London in 2012 was lit in the capitals of the four parts of the UK: London (England), Belfast (Northern Ireland), Edinburgh (Scotland) and Cardiff (Wales).
The 2014 Winter Paralympics, officially known as the 11 Paralympic Winter Games, will be held from 7--16 March 2014 in Sochi, Russia. On 4 July 2007, the International Olympic Committee selected Sochi as host of the games. This will be the first time Russia has hosted the Paralympics and will be the début of Para-snowboarding at the Winter Paralympics. Para-snowboarding will be placed under the Alpine skiing program during the 2014 Games.