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Jun 14, 2012 12:35 PM

Ariz. man to join in Olympic torch run

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - A Goodyear man is among several Americans who will run with the Olympic torch this summer as it heads to London.

The Arizona Republic ( reports 48-year-old Dale Kamarata, a supply-chain manager for Coco-Cola, was chosen by the beverage company to run with the flame July 10 as it passes through Oxford, England.

Kamarata is one of 22 Americans selected by Coca-Cola. Other torch runners include former Olympians Michelle Kwan and Summer Sanders.

A Coco-Cola spokeswoman says Kamarata was likely chosen for his creation of an affordable sports program for youths in his community.

Kamarata was nominated for the torch run by two co-workers at his nonprofit, Estrella Youth Sports.

Kamarata says the honor belongs to the families in his community and feels grateful to represent them.


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