The annual Talimena13.1 Run and Relay will take place on Saturday, March 21 with a start time of 8:30 a.m.  The race will begin 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. The event is an individual Half Marathon, a Four-Person Relay or a 13-Person Relay. The Talimena Drive is a National Scenic Byway extending 54 miles from near Talihina Oklahoma to just north of Mena Arkansas. Medal will be distributed to all individual fibers and goody bags and t-shirts will be available to the first 150 registered participants.

This year’s race will benefit the Scott County Boys and Girls Club. “The Scott County Boys and Girls Club was given the opportunity to inherit the Talimena 13.1 Run and Relay.  This will event will make a huge impact on the B&G Club,” explained Amanda Falconer, Waldron Boys and Girls Club Executive Director. 

“We are very excited to take over and host this community event. The Scott County Boys and Girls Club is in the process of growing and becoming part of Polk County. We are looking forward to our future and being able to make a positive difference in the lives of our children,” shared Renee Hendrix, Polk County Coordinator.

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.

For anyone wanting more information including details on entering the race, complete information is available on the website or call 479-207-3887. 

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