February 27, 2017

NSC Opens National Anthem Contest

and Torch Run Registration


The Nebraska Sports Council has announced the 2017 Cornhusker State Games (CSG) Torch Run route/schedule and is encouraging Nebraska runners of all ages to sign up for a mile.  Officials have also opened the search for a national anthem performer for the Games’ Opening Ceremonies.
The Torch Run, which is sponsored by the Nebraska National Guard, will kick off on June 19 in a swing through Sarpy and Douglas counties via the Omaha Trails network before heading to the Panhandle to begin the west-to-east legs on June 21.  Applicants for the Torch Run will be assigned one-mile segments, using highway mile markers in most cases.  Runners will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.  There is no fee for the Torch Run although donations are encouraged.  Participants will each receive a T-shirt.  The schedule, route map and entry information are available at CornhuskerStateGames.com/torch_run.
Those wishing to audition to perform the national anthem may now upload one audition video to www.YouTube.com and email the video link to anna@nebraskasportscouncil.com by April 9 at midnight.  A judging panel will determine up to five finalists by April 14. Online voting on social media will determine the winner. This year’s contest is open to individual performers only; vocalists or instrumentalists are welcome.  Last year, when the competition was open only to groups, Major Minor 3, a vocal trio from McCook won the competition. There is no cost to enter the anthem contest, which is sponsored by Amigos/Kings Classic. 
The Torch Run and Opening Ceremonies are precursors to the 33rd annual Cornhusker State Games, which features competition in more than 60 sports in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities.  Most sports take place July 21-30, and officials expect more than 12,000 participants.  For entry information and entry forms log onto CornhuskerStateGames.com or call (402) 471-2544 or email info@nebraskasportscouncil.com

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