The annual Cornhusker State Games sports festival is scheduled for July 16-25. This year’s games will feature 70 sports for athletes of all ages and abilities. Currently in progress is the torch run. The format for the torch run was changed last year because of COVID-19 concerns. This year’s run is again utilizing a “virtual” format featuring four regions, each with a two-week window for runners to complete their mile. Cornhusker State Games officials have announced that in-person routes have been added to the statewide virtual event beginning with a 23 mile leg into Sidney on Friday, June 11. The following day, June 12, the Torch will make its way from the Wyoming border to the West Nebraska All Star football game in Scottsbluff and on June 16th the torch will make its way to North Platte for Nebraskaland Days and the Buffalo Bill Rodeo. Runners interested in participating can view a coverage map and register at cornhuskerstategames.com/torch-run.
Dave Mlnarik, executive director of the Nebraska Sports Council, visited with KCNI/KBBN radio about this year’s event. Mlnarik said that he and his staff are busy preparing for this year’s games.
There are already more than 3,000 participants registered for the games which puts entries on a similar pace with 2019 when entries topped out just above 10,700. Mlnarik encourages those interested in competing to get registered now.
There will be a new sport making its debut at the games this year. That is the sport of axe throwing.
It takes a lot of people working together to make the Cornhusker State Games a success. Mlnarik praised all of the volunteers who help with the event and thanked businesses for their sponsorship.
Opening ceremonies are set for Friday, July 16. The program will include the traditional parade of athletes, skydivers, fireworks, and the lighting of the caldron by a mystery celebrity athlete. This year’s ceremonies will also include a tribute to Nebraska healthcare workers.
To register for this year’s state games, visit CornhuskerStateGames.com
Listen to our full interview with Dave Mlnarik, executive director of the Nebraska Sports Council