LINCOLN – There are 60 Cornhusker State Games (CSG) sports on as scheduled. The opening ceremonies, usually the most attended event at CSG, will be done virtually this year. Nebraska Sports Council (NSC) officials released this information in an event update.
Executive Director Dave Mlnarik said the council is doing all it can to conduct as many events as possible. They’re doing this while utilizing guidance from state and local health officials to run the events safely.
The NSC staff is working on safety measures for several sports. There will be two sports done virtually. Those being the Adventure Race and Triathlon. Ice Hockey and Wrestling are postponed indefinitely. Sport Skydiving, Figure Skating, and Taekwondo are all canceled. Mlnarik encourages athletes and fans to check for updates regularly. For more information visit https://www.cornhuskerstategames.com.
There are numerous other changes in place for the 2020 event. There will be no admissions fees charged at competition venues. There is not packet pick up this year. Athlete’s shirts and free-meal coupons will be shipped, and all competition related information will be emailed or posted online. This year’s NSC yearbook will be posted digitally rather than the usual printed version. Also, entry fee increases have been suspended. Registration costs will remain at opening levels through July 6. There are three options for those that registered for an event that is now canceled. They can donate their entry fee, use the fee for a future NSC event, or get a full refund.
The virtual torch run has been successful so far. Runners go one or more miles in their home county. They carry a meaningful object as their torch and take pictures while they run. Now over 20 days going, there have been 3-6 counties running per day. The torch run will conclude on June 25. All 93 counties in Nebraska have at least one runner registered. This is the first time each county has had at least one runner. There are 893 registered runners total, covering 1,847 miles. To see runner photos and stories visit Facebook.com/CSGTorchRun. More information can be found at https://www.cornhuskerstategames.com.
The 36th annual Cornhusker State Games event will run from July 17-26, 2020.