Time Start and Time Limit – The race will begin at 8:30 am at Janssen Park in Mena, and end near the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge. Time limit is four hours to complete.

Aid Stations will be located approximately 3.2 miles apart. There will be energy snacks, water, and sports drinks available. Local HAM operators and EMS staff will be on the course to assist with emergency and other needs. There will be three aid stations plus the finish line snacks and refreshments.

Music will be provided either live or boom box at various intervals on the race course.

Signage – There will be a number of Pikes Peaks Society veterans coming to run. There will be “humorous” shaker signs as well as Pikes Peak Barr Trail landmark signs along the route……….reminders of NDE’s on the Peak. Anyway, all should enjoy.

Awards presentation will begin at 12:00 noon, in the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge conference room.  Presentations will begin with the individual event categories.


Individual – There will be male and female awards for the top 3 overall finishers as well as age group awards in the following divisions: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80-85.

4 Person Relay – An award will be presented to the winning 4 Person Relay Team.

13 Person Relay – A prestigious Traveling Trophy will be presented to the winning 13 Person Relay Team.   


What you can expect to receiveThe first 150 registered participants will receive a goody bag and a t-shirt.  Please see “Awards” section above for Awards.


Transportation will be available for those needing to return to Janssen Park.


This website should cover most areas of concern, however, if you have a question, call Polk County Developmental Center at 479-394-2671 and ask for Bonnie Rippe




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13-Person Relay Team Advice and Instructions

  1. Each relay team will need a team captain; a leader and organizer who will ensure that certain tasks are completed. These tasks include:
    • Assigning the “mile” of responsibility to each of the 13-person team members so each will know their mile of responsibility for the “hand-off” from one team mate to another.
    • The course map and elevation on the website may be helpful in making mile assignments.
    •  Providing a copy of this list to each of your team members.
  2. On race day morning, in the event one of the team members is ill or otherwise cannot participate, the team may continue in the race with a replacement person or another member able to run/walk an additional mile.
  3. At each mile, there will be a marker sign that clearly identifies the mile number.
  4. Transportation is important. Each team should have a plan for transporting to each mile. Group car-pooling is great. The many overlooks can be temporary waiting areas.
  5. For any team member that is unable to go to the finish line, you and your team may plan for this; those team members should run early in the race, then be picked up and return to town.
  6. Here is an example of a plan you may consider. You should plan to leave the park by  8:20am; getting your runners out to mile 1, 2, 3, and 4. This car may then return to the Forest Service Visitor Center just above the 1 mile mark. Wait for the trailing vehicles and then pick-up team members that have completed those miles. This vehicle can then move to the finish-line at the top (which is at the Wonder House).  This same process can be used for the remainder of the miles with your other transporting vehicles.
  7. PCDC will have three mini-buses that can hold up to 13 in each. They will be available to runners/walkers that need to go to another pick-up point or to the top. They will also carry drop bags for runners/walkers if needed. Note that drop bags must have an identifying name on them.
  8. The lead vehicle in the race will be a police/Sheriffs’ vehicle. All runners/walkers will use the left lane, against the traffic. All runners/walkers stay close to the white line by the shoulder.
  9. PLEASE NOTE: All vehicles moving up the Talimena Drive to the top must exercise great care, moving slowly especially when moving by race participants and the lead vehicle. THIS IS CRITICAL FOR A SAFE EVENT.
  10. It is suggested that if you go to the finish line area to cheer your team finisher, that you bring a small bag with some extra clothing items. If you don’t have another way, there will be one of the mini-buses to take your bag from Janssen park to the top.
  11. There will be a great food area with fruits, snacks, and pastries at the top; also, there will be a DJ to add to the festive atmosphere!! Your finisher at the top needs your support!!
  12. The mini-buses will also be available at the top to take runners/walkers back to Janssen Park if needed.
  13. Remember that safety is #1. There will be first responders, EMT’s, and Ham Radio personnel throughout the race course available to help.
  14. WEATHER. While we all know that March 11th will be a perfect day, a water resistant top (one that can be removed) might prove handy in the event of precipitation.
  15. You will have fun; that is a guarantee!
  16. Race packets for all participants will be available Friday afternoon from 1:00 to 6:00 pm at the PCDC administrative office (next to the re-sale store). If at all possible, these should be picked up on this day.
  17. Note that the race packet will contain the participants numbered bib and safety pins. This must be pinned to the front of the shirt or pant where it can be clearly seen by race officials.
  18. The finish line will be at the Lodge at the top. Follow the directions of the volunteers at the top. Parking will be at the top just past the Wonder House on the left……signage will direct you to that location.
  19. Please consult the website for additional updated information.