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Macy Coleman ran the first leg of the 2018 Cornhusker Games Torch Run as it left Imperial headed east. This year, runners can take part in a new virtual run format on Sunday, June 7.
Torch Run alters format; runners in all counties can take part
The Nebraska Sports Council (NSC) has announced the Cornhusker State Games (CSG) Torch Run will be conducted virtually June 1-25 across all Nebraska counties.
The new format calls for runners to register, run a minimum of one mile in a safe location in their home county and then post a selfie-photo or video from their mile(s) on the CSG Torch Run Facebook page on the day assigned to their county.
Targeted day for Chase County Torch Run participants to put in their mile(s) is
Sunday, June 7.
Participation is free and all runners receive a free shirt (while supplies last) and entry into a daily prize drawing.
“Obviously, we made the change to a virtual format for everyone’s safety (due to COVID-19), but the bright side is that without a physical route, every runner in Nebraska has a chance to participate close to home,” NSC Executive Director Dave Mlnarik said.
Interested runners can register and find more details, including the updated schedule and map, at Cornhusker StateGames.com, but here is a breakdown of the key elements:
Dates: June 1-25 with 3-6 counties scheduled per day
Location: Safe mile(s) in runner’s home county
Eligibility: Nebraska runners of all ages/abilities who can run at least a mile and post a photo or video using #CSGTorch
Perks: free shirt (while supplies last), daily prize drawing, state pride, social media recognition, fitness and fun
Goals: Spread State Games Spirit, all 93 counties represented, average 10 runners and 25 miles per county for totals of 930 and 2,325, respectively
Optional: Runners are encouraged to carry a meaningful or possibly humorous (small/safe/no flame) object to symbolize “their torch” and/or dedicate their run using #MyTorch
Donations: While it is free to participate, runners are asked to consider a tax-deductible donation
The 36th annual Cornhusker State Games, July 11-26, are still on as scheduled, but staff continues to work out contingency plans should the current directed health measures not be lifted for July.
The Cornhusker State Games Torch Run is sponsored by the Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association (NCPA).