Cornhusker State Games Price Jump End Of Day Thursday, Torch Run Begins Friday

WAYNE – As the Cornhusker State Games are under two months away, events will be at their lowest cost until end of day Thursday, May 31.

The Nebraska Sports Council will be conducting the 34th annual Cornhusker State Games from Friday, July 20 – Sunday, 29 in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities.

Executive Director of the Nebraska Sports Council, Dave Mlnarik said there are several price increases to assist in organization.

“We motivate and provide incentives for folks to get their registrations in early,” said Mlnarik. “We’re right in the middle now so prices are at or just below where they were last year for the entry fees.”

Fees vary by sport as registration began in January and ends on July 7. Visit to register as come Friday, June 1 the prices will increase.

Also, scheduled for Friday is the Cornhusker State Games Torch Run beginning in Hemingford to Alliance. The Torch Run is based off the Olympics.

“It gets the games out in the communities and we’re kind of criss-crossing the whole state,” Mlnarik added. “ We have routes that are basically day-long routes that start in one community and go to the next community. At the end of the day we have observances.”

A northeast Nebraska stop will be on Thursday, June 14 from West Point to Norfolk with events being the Great American Comedy Festival as well as Laugh and a  Half Marathon.

Officials are expecting more than 11,000 participants of all ages and abilities to partake in over 60 different sport competitions. Three new sports coming to this years Cornhusker State Games include a rowing competition in conjunction with the Iowa Games, Ninja Challenge and freestyle BMX.

Register or find more information on the Torch Run, Cornhusker State Games and the Nebraska Sports Council at

“You can sure call us,” Mlnarik mentioned. “Our office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. We’re usually around longer than that and then on the weekends some, too. Phone number is 402-471-2544.”

Those who register will receive a shirt and pass to the Opening Ceremonies, including the pre-show Sports Fest meal with their paid athlete entry fee.

Listen to the complete interview with Executive Director Dave Mlnarik with the Nebraska Sports Council about the Cornhusker State Games on Big Red Country 104.9 at 9 a.m. and 98.9 FM/AM 1590 The City at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 31.