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DATE: July 13, 2024


Check In Opens – 6:30 a.m.

Kids 10 & under: 7:30am
Juniors 10-12 years: 8:00am
Junior 13 – 15 Years – 8 a.m.
Junior 16 – 18 Years – 8 a.m.
Cat 3 (Beginner)/Marathon Classes – 8 a.m.
Cat 2 (Sport)/Cat 1 (Expert) Classes – 10 a.m.

Marathon Race Time: 4 hours, 8am-12pm.

NOTE: Racers must check in at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled start time.

SITE: Branched Oak State Recreation Area, Area 7 (12000 W Branched Oak Rd, Raymond, NE 68428) – View Map

SPECIAL NOTICE: State park permits are needed to enter Branched Oak State Recreation Area. One-day permits can be purchased at the park entrance.

AWARDS: Custom Cornhusker State Games gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division.


Event Name                                                                                                  

Male Juniors     
10-12 Years (1 lap, 4 mi.)
13-15 Years (1 lap, 4 mi.)
16-18 Years (1 lap, 4 mi.)

Female Juniors
10-12 Years (1 lap, 4 mi.)
13-15 Years (1 lap, 4 mi.)
16-18 Years (1 lap, 4 mi.)

Male Kids
10 & Under (2 laps, shorter course)

Female Kids
10 & Under (2 laps, shorter course)

Male CAT 1
19-29 Years (4 laps, 16 mi.)
30-39 Years (4 laps, 16 mi.)
40-49 Years (4 laps, 16 mi.)
50 & Over (4 laps, 16 mi.)

Women CAT 1
19 & Over (4 laps, 16 mi.)

Male CAT 2
19-29 Years (2 laps, 8 mi.)
30-39 Years (2 laps, 8 mi.)
40-49 Years (2 laps, 8 mi.)
50 & Over (2 laps, 8 mi.)

Women CAT 2
19 & Over (2 laps, 8 mi.)

Male CAT 3
19-29 Years (1 lap, 4 mi.)
30-39 Years (1 lap, 4 mi.)
40-49 Years (1 lap, 4 mi.)
50 & Over (1 lap, 4 mi.)

Women CAT 3
19 & Over (1 lap, 4 mi.)

Male Marathon
39 & Under
40 & Over

Women Marathon
All Ages

Competition Format

COMPETITION FORMAT: The mountain bike course includes some rolling hills with a combination of dirt and grass surfaces. Distances listed are subject to change. Mountain bike XC races are scored according to category (Expert Cat 1, Intermediate Cat 2, Beginner Cat 3, Junior) and class (age). We determine race distance for each venue estimating the number of laps that can be completed in the following time frames: 35 minutes for Junior / Cat 3 / First Timers; 70 minutes for Cat 2; 105+ minutes for Cat 1 / Pro. The number of laps, or course length, will vary between courses but will take into consideration time frames listed above. In other words expect to race about the same time at each course, with consideration to trail conditions.


Age groups will be combined as necessary to insure reasonable field sizes.

CAT 1: Advanced riders with elite fitness and honed bike handling skills.

Men 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+

Women Open (all ages)

CAT 2: Experienced riders who can ride for over an hour and manage most obstacles.

Men 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+

Women Open (all ages)

CAT 3: Beginner riders with little or no racing experience.

Men 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+

Women Open (all ages)

JUNIORS: Race duration will vary by age and venue.

Boys 10-12, 13-15, 16-18

Girls 10-12, 13-15, 16-18

KIDS: Race distance will vary by venue where allowed.

Boys and Girls Under 10

MARATHON: Marathon races are scored by the number of completed laps within a 4 hour time frame.

Men 39 & Under, 40+

Women Open (all ages)

A racer cannot start a new lap after the 4 hour mark. Laps started before the 4 hour mark but finished after the 4 hour mark count!

All Marathon participants race together.


All USAC rules apply.

Events are subject to weather! In case of inclement weather, updates will be made to our home page and on Facebook.

Helmets must be worn at all times while on a bike at the Cornhusker State Games Mountain Bike Race.

No earbuds or headphones may be worn during any event for the safety of other participants. No loud radios on your person. Listen for other riders, be aware of your surroundings, enjoy nature.

You are expected to be self supported! During the race: You may access a personal cache of water and tools (pump, tube, etc) place only in the designated “feed zone”, but you may not receive assistance from others, nor access materials & equipment outside the feed zone area. Feed zones will be determined by officials.

Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any competitor accessing abnormal outside assistance, at promoters judgement and discretion. Prepare and support yourself!

Promoter reserves the right to adjust start times and mileage.

Promoter reserves the right to cancel / combine events and prize lists as necessary.

Events held in Nebraska State Parks require a park permit. Day passes and annuals passes are available at those locations or the Parks office in your area.

Helmets and shirts are required to participate in the events.

If someone is approaching you from behind on the trail, and they ask to pass you, let them as soon as you are able. Thanks for being courteous!

If you need to pass someone: announce your presence as soon as possible, repeatedly if necessary to make the racer in front aware of your presence. Overtake the racer only when it is safe for both of you! Communicate!

Please practice Leave No Trace and do not drop your trash onto the trail.

DNFs (did not finish) must be to reported to the timing & scoring staff. No refunds.

Chips need to be returned immediately after you cross the finish line. Failure to return chips results in a $100 charge to your credit card.

Cursing or poor conduct is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action. This is a family-friendly atmosphere.

Cutting a course is dumb. This is for fun. Don’t cut the course or you’ll be disqualified on the spot, in front of everyone. Stay on singletrack!

Registration Fees & Deadlines

NEW THIS YEAR! Updated Registration Software!

  • Visit your sport-specific webpage to find the registration link.
  • Fill out a separate form for each participant and sport you are registering for.

PRICING DEADLINES:$35 for first event until June 19 (includes FREE shirt)$35 for first event until July 2 (no FREE shirt)

Additional events – $10

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES:  Competition and Summer Fun Freebies (coming soon) courtesy of our sponsors.

SHIRT SHIPPING: Athletes who register by June 19 will have their shirt shipped to the address they provide. Upgrade and additional shirts will be available to purchase during registration. There is no packet pickup—information or items needed for competition will be provided onsite or online according to instructions emailed to athletes.

PAPER ENTRY FORMS: Paper entry forms will be accepted with a $5 processing fee. Registering online saves time, money and trees.

Further Information

Sport Specific Questions: Contact Mountain Bike Director Kris Sonderup at 402-430-4566 or kris@cycleworksusa.com.

Online Registration/Website Questions: Contact the Cornhusker State Games office at 402-471-2544 or info@nebraskasportscouncil.com.

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