BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Polk County / Mena Rotary Club kicked off its 3rd Annual Wheel-A-Mena tour this morning!
Competitors are racing on one of two courses, a 35-mile or 70-mile track. For the first 15 miles, the routes will be the same, taking cyclists through Mena and Acorn to Rich Mountain Community where the 30 mile route will turn towards Queen Wilhelmina State Park, the 70-mile route will continue through to Oklahoma, then to the Talimena Scenic Drive. Both routes will go through Queen Wilhelmina State Park before ending at Janssen Park.
Some roads will be closed during the course of the race, including Warner and Sampson going up the mountain.
Last year, over 70 riders from five different states participated in the 2nd Annual Wheel-A-Mena Bike Tour that serves as a fundraiser for the local Polk County Rotary Club.