State Games Torch Run Begins Monday, June 6 in Omaha
National Guard Soldiers to Carry First and Last Legs
LINCOLN, Neb. (April 1, 2016) — The Cornhusker State Games (CSG) Torch Run begins Monday, June 6 at 12:30 p.m. with a launch ceremony at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village, 2285 S. 67th St. in Omaha.
Following brief remarks from sponsors and officials, the torch will be ignited and carried out of the park to the Keystone Bike Trail by members of the Nebraska National Guard, which sponsors the CSG Torch Run. Runners will then spend most of the afternoon relaying the torch to the Sarpy Community YMCA in 1-2 mile legs via the Keystone and West Papio Bike Trails.
The Torch Run is the annual precursor to the Games, which take place July 15-24 and offer competition in 68 sports for Nebraska athletes of all ages and abilities. More than 13,000 are expected to participate in this, the 32nd annual edition.
The Omaha segment is the first of eight across Nebraska and was moved up to avoid conflicts with the College World Series. The run resumes next week with legs leading to Scottsbluff June 13, Sidney June 14, North Platte June 15, Kearney June 16, Grand Island June 17, Norfolk June 18 and Lincoln June 21.
All told, the CSG Torch Run covers over 500 miles and involves approximately 1,000 runners and volunteers.
Those interested in participating in the Torch Run or the Cornhusker State Games can register or find information at CornhuskerStateGames.com or call (402) 471-2544.