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The 34th annual Cornhusker State Games (CSG) will include a new family relay race in honor of the late Steve Morrison, former CSG track and field director who passed away unexpectedly in February.

Nebraska Sports Council officials announced the new event, which will be part of the CSG Track and Field meet July 21.

The Morrison Family Award will go to the winning team of a 4x100 meter relay race. Teams must be made up entirely of members of the same family. All participants in the race will receive commemorative medallions, and the top three teams will receive gold, silver and bronze medals per the Games award system. However, only the fastest family will receive the Morrison Award.

“Having a family relay race in the Games was Steve’s idea,” said Nebraska Sports Council Executive Director Dave Mlnarik. “He was always looking for ways to involve families in the sport of track and field, so the Morrison Race and Award will be a great way to keep his memory alive.”

Track and field is typically the largest individual sport in the Games, with more than 600 athletes participating last year. This year’s Games will take place July 20-29, and officials expect more than 11,000 total participants. All registered participants receive a shirt, free meal and pass to the Opening Ceremonies with their paid entry. Registration and information are available at CornhuskerStateGames.com.

Other State Games updates

• The Games will include a Ninja Warrior presence with an interactive course available to the public, a competition for local aspiring ninjas, and a handful of athletes from the popular American Ninja Warrior television series on hand for the events. More details will be announced.

• In celebration of Badminton’s 30th year in the Games, this year’s competition will include a para-badminton division, which is being promoted internationally by USA Badminton and already has two non-Nebraska entrants. CSG Badminton will take place July 21-22 at the UNMC Student Life Fitness Center in Omaha.

• The top 10 State Games pistol marksmen will each earn certificates from Gov. Pete Ricketts as part of a newly established “Governor’s 10” award program.

• Officials are encouraged by early State Games entry numbers, noting that 1,311 are registered so far, compared with 462 on the same date in 2017.

• The 2018 Cornhusker State Games is a qualifying event for the 2019 State Games of America, which will take place in Lynchburg, Virginia. Information, including which sports are offered, is available at StateGamesOfAmerica.com.

The Cornhusker State Games is conducted by the Nebraska Sports Council, which also conducts the NE150 Challenge, Mud Run and Pumpkin Run. Platinum partners include Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. of Nebraska, LinPepCo and Nebraska Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine.

Register or find more information at CornhuskerStateGames.com.

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