The fifth running of the Talimena 13.1 Run and Relay is set for March 10, 2018, with the race beginning at Janssen Park in Mena, running up Mena Street, and over the Talimena Scenic Drive to the historic Queen Wilhelmina State Park, in an epic challenge for any long distance athlete.
“The race features not only a running challenge, but showcases the beauty of the area from Mena up the Drive that overlooks some of the most scenic views of National Forest anywhere,” said event organizers. The famous Talimena Scenic Drive is a National Scenic Byway extending 54 miles from near Talihena, Oklahoma to just north of Mena.
Past participants of the Talimena 13.1 describe it as beautiful and challenging. All agree that the enthusiasm and excitement really shows from start to finish. And in between, their aid stations always receive the highest marks.
The Polk County Developmental Center (PCDC) of Mena benefits from the race each year. They provide services to the mentally and physically challenged adults and children in Polk and Scott Counties and the surrounding area. PCDC operates an adult wellness and education facility, Jumpstart Preschool and Daycare, and AVANTS Group Living Center. Adult clients have the opportunity to receive employment skills through the Supported Employment Program or work at the Recycle Center or the Resale Store. Children may access physical, occupational, and speech therapies at their Jumpstart campus. “PCDC is grateful to the race sponsors and participants for their support that allows the Center’s programs to improve and grow.”