May 16, 2018

State Games Will Include Ninja Challenge

Ninja Obstacle Course and Athletes From Hit Show

to Augment Games Events

LINCOLN, Neb. (May 16, 2018) — Nebraska Sports Council officials have announced that the 34th annual Cornhusker State Games (CSG) will include a Ninja Challenge with a professional Ninja Warrior course, several veterans of the popular Ninja Warrior show and three different elements available to fans and aspiring ninjas. 

The CSG Ninja Challenge is the brainchild of former Husker hurdler and American Ninja Warrior competition veteran Maggi Thorne.  The Ninja course, with popular elements like the cargo net, salmon ladder and warped wall, will be shipped in from Colorado and set up in the Lincoln East High School gym from July 18-21.

The course will be open July 18-20 for Train & Play, which costs $20 for up to two hours of unlimited access to all obstacles or $10 for access to half the course one-time use.  Single obstacles can be tried for $5. Pre-registration is encouraged and available online at 

On Friday, July 20 a group of four celebrity Ninjas, including the hometown favorite Thorne, professional stuntwoman and Los Angeles native Tiana Webberley, Hawaii’s Island Ninja--Grant McCartney and Houston native Barclay Stockett, will host Meet the Ninjas from 5-6 p.m. Following the meet-and-greet, the Ninjas will pair up with local celebrity athletes in a challenge for charity and public entertainment. 

The final element, the State Games Ninja competition, which also serves as the Ninja Warrior Nebraska State Championship, will take place Saturday, July 21, with individuals competing 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a team competition from 5-7 p.m.  Like all State Games events, the Ninja competition is open to athletes of all ages and abilities.  Full event details and online registration are available at

More than 2,000 athletes are already registered for the 34th annual Games, which offers competition in more than 60 sports.  Officials expect around 11,000 athletes to participate at venues in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities, mostly from July 20-29. Entry fees vary by sport with an average of around $28 until the next price jump, which happens June 1. Besides the competition, all paid entrants receive a CSG shirt, Opening Ceremonies pass, athlete meal and other sponsored gifts.

The statewide Torch Run kicks off June 1 and Opening Ceremonies are set for Friday, July 20.  Those interested can find information and register online at 

The CSG Ninja Challenge is presented by Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center and DPA Auctions. Platinum Sponsors of the Cornhusker State Games include LinPepCo, Farmers Mutual of Nebraska and Nebraska Orthopaedic And Sports Medicine.   Learn more about Nebraska Sports Council events and programs at 


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