BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Talimena 13.1 Run and Relay is coming up this Saturday, March 12th and has had many participants pre-register, assuring for a good race. The annual half marathon will see runners start off in Janssen Park for this one-of-a-kind half-marathon that proves to be difficult for even the most experienced of runners. After leaving the starting line behind, participants will run up Mena Street and trek over the second highest peak in the state, right through the Talimena Scenic Byway to Queen Wilhelmina State Park at the top of Rich Mountain.
This race continues the legacy provided by the Rich Mountain Classic, a popular race in the 80’s and 90’s. Participants will compete in one of three categories, individual, 4-person, and 13-person relay team, and each will make the climb.
The primary purpose of the event is to support programs for physically and mentally challenged adults and children provided by Polk County Developmental Center. PCDC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the developmentally disabled in Polk County and the surrounding area. The Talimena 13.1 is part of the annual fundraisers that provide funding for PCDC to maintain, expand, provide resources, and serve their clients.
Medals will be given to all individual finishers and the first 150 registrations will receive a goody bag and t-shirt. Individual registration is $60 after Friday, March 11th, $200 for 4-Person Relay, and $325 per 13-Person Relay team.
For complete information, visit www.talimenarunandrelay.com or at www.RunReg.com/TalimenaRunAndRelay. Those interested can also visit their Facebook page, Talimena 13.1. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Polk County Development Center.