The Polk County Developmental Center has announced the date of the 4th Annual Talimena ½ Marathon will be Saturday, March 11, 2017. The primary purpose of this event is to support the programs for physically and mentally challenged adults and children who benefit each day by the services provided by the Polk County Developmental Center (PCDC).
Ongoing services and programs provided by PCDC include: The Adult Education and Wellness Center; A recycling center; The AVANTS Group Living Center, which is a residential housing facility for developmentally disabled women; Two resale stores that provides work-training skills for the adult clients; The Jumpstart Preschool and Daycare which provides Developmental Evaluations, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Transportation Services throughout a three county area. Also, one on one teaching and Developmental Training.
“We, the residents of Mena and Polk County, as well as the surrounding communities, are so fortunate to have this wonderful resources available to assist challenged persons in meeting goals of greater independence and productivity. PCDC is a blessing to all of us,” says PCDC officials.
In 2014 this event was re-named the Talimena 13.1 Run & Relay. This race formerly called the Rich Mountain Classic, was first run in 1986 and continued through 1990, using the Janssen Park to the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge race route. In 1991, the “Classic” was renamed the Talimena Drive ½ Marathon and was run from the lodge to near the state line and back. The Talimena Drive is called the “scenic drive” for a reason as the drive from Mena to the State Park and Lodge is beautiful with many breathtaking views and overlooks.