The sixth running of the Talimena13.1 Run and Relay is set for 03/9/19. The race begins at Janssen Park in Mena, running up Mena Street and over the Talimena Drive to the Queen Wilhelmina State Park. It features not only a running challenge, but showcases the beauty of our area from our city and up the Talimena Drive that overlooks some of the most scenic views of National Forest anywhere.” The Talimena Drive is a National Scenic Byway extending 54 miles from near Talihina Oklahoma to just north of Mena Arkansas.
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 the finish line at the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge. And in between, the aid stations always get high marks.
The Polk County Developmental Center (PCDC) of Mena, serves mentally and physically challenged adults and children in Polk and Scott counties as well as the surrounding area. PCDC operates an adult wellness and education facility, Jumpstart Pre-school 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 Re-Sale store. Children may access Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy at the Jumpstart campus. PCDC is grateful to the race sponsors and participants for their support that allows the Center’s programs to improve and grow.
For anyone wanting more information including details on entering the race, complete information is available on the website www.talimenarunandrelay.com or phone the PCDC at 479-394-2671.