“The Torch Run is a unique way, in the Olympic spirit, to alert people across Nebraska that the Cornhusker State Games will soon take place. It also provides an opportunity for local athletes to participate in the State Games free of charge in their home area. Lastly, the Torch Run enhances community pride by showcasing local athletes and casting a bright light on dozens of wonderful events across the state.”

-Dave Mlnarik, Executive Director – Nebraska Sports Council

Presenting Partner


The Cornhusker State Games is one of the largest amateur sports festivals in the nation. On July 17–26, more than 11,000 Nebraskans of all ages and abilities will compete in more than 60 sports, showcasing their talents and encouraging others to adopt healthy, active lifestyles.

The spirit of the Games will be spread statewide by the Torch Run, thanks to the efforts of hundreds of runners and volunteers. Patterned after the Olympic Torch Run, the relay focuses the attention of the public on the Cornhusker State Games and the partnering events as it crosses the state.

June 12
Kimball to Sidney Sidney Gold Rush Days
June 13
Torrington, Wy to Scottsbluff West Nebraska All-Star Game
June 13
 O’Neill to Verdigre Kolach Days
June 14
Hemingford to Bridgeport  
June 17
McCook to Northplatte NEBRASKAland Days
June 19
Holdrege to Hastings Tour de Nebraska
June 20
Papillion to Nebraska City Papillion Day Parade 
June 20
Norfolk to Wayne Laugh and a Half Marathon
June 25
David City to Lincoln CSG Night at Saltdogs
June 28
Lexington to Kearney Kearney Community Olympics
July 3
Grand Island to Columbus Red, White, Kaboom
July 4
Seward to York Seward 4th of July Grand Parade

Runners must run at least one mile and may choose the general location during registration. Schedulers will use runners’ addresses to make assignments as convenient as possible, unless otherwise directed. Miles will be scheduled according to Nebraska Department of Roads mile marker numbers, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Runners are responsible for their own transportation to and from your scheduled mile(s), and are encouraged to bring your own refreshments.  Please wear the T-shirt given to you by the torch run crew at your appointed time to signify your involvement.

In order to stay within the safety requirements of the Nebraska State Patrol and to stay on schedule, we cannot allow bikers, strollers, pets, in-line skaters or casual walkers to participate.  In addition, all transporting vehicles must pull completely off the road and have hazard signals turned on.


Register ONLINE or click HERE to download a registration form.

Further Information

Contact Torch Run Coordinator Pat “Linus” Hagedorn at 402-471-2544 or hagedorn@nebraskasportscouncil.com.

Community Partners:

Event Partners:

Lodging Provided By:

Younes Hospitality

AmericInn By Wyndham-Ogallala, NE

New Victorian Inn & Suites

Holiday Inn Express-Scottsbluff, NE

Hampton Inn-Sidney, NE

Thank You to our platinum sponsors

Official Member of the


Phone: 402-471-2544

Fax: 402-413-1119

Mailing address: 
Po Box 29366
Lincoln, NE 68529

Shipping address:
3260 Folkways Blvd Suite B
Lincoln, NE 68504