“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 spirit of the Games is traditionally spread statewide by a relay of runners with an Olympic style torch Run. Due to the circumstances of COVID-19, the “torch” won’t be hitting the road. This year, we will be doing a Virtual Torch Run!

Residents from all 93 Nebraska counties (see schedule) are invited to be a part of the Virtual CSG Torch Run by safely running at least one mile from the comfort of their area / neighborhood / home.

Once you complete your “leg” of the torch run, submit a photo via email or social media.

Prizes will be given out randomly for each day and county of the Virtual Torch Run from the participants who register and submit photos.


Rules / Goals / Prizes

Runners must run at least one mile on the day their county is listed (see schedule).

Runners are responsible for their own safety and must comply with local COVID-19 DHM guidelines.

Runners must register by filling out an ENTRY FORM or ONLINE

Runners must submit a photo to mackenzie@nebraskasportscouncil.com or tag a photo on Facebook using #CSGTorch.

Spread the State Games message.

Have all 93 counties represented.

Average 10 runners and 25 miles per county

Have over 900 runners and 2,300 miles

Registered runners that submit a photo after they complete their mile(s) will be entered in a drawing.  Prizes include:
– Daily:  a $25 Casey’s gift card and a $25 Nebraska Sports Council gift card.
– Overall:  a $250 visa gift card


Registration is *FREE! Runners will receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last)!
*While it is free to participate, please consider a tax-deductible donation to offset expenses
and help sustain the Nebraska Sports Council in these difficult times.

Fill out an ENTRY FORM and return:
– Email: info@nebraskasportscouncil.com
– Mail: Cornhusker State Games, PO Box 29366, Lincoln, NE 68529

Register ONLINE

Make it YOUR mile

This is YOUR mile! Although participants are required to tag their photo with #CSGTorch, we recommend everyone get creative with this Virtual Torch Run and help us spread the Cornhusker State Games word through your social media networks.
Find something small and safe to carry as your “torch” (no open flames).
Make it fun or sentimental, i.e. the game ball from your best pitching performance, your grandfather’s watch or your Luke Skywalker action figure.
If sharing a photo or the story of your “torch”, use #MyTorch.

Further Information

Contact Torch Run Intern Mackenzie Bartlett at mackenzie@nebraskasportscouncil.com.

Official Torch Run Vehicle Partners:

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