Arkansas Departments of Parks and Tourism, Education sponsor mountain biking writing contest

This fall, junior and senior high school students across Arkansas have the opportunity to take part in a writing contest that will not only expand their skills but help promote mountain biking tourism in the state.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and the Arkansas Department of Education, the contest asks students to submit a 500-1,000 word essay on “what they love about mountain biking in Arkansas.” By entering, students will compete for a $1,000 mountain bike package (bike and related gear) to be donated by The Walton Family Foundation.

“Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in the country, and Arkansas is among the leading states in providing trails for mountain bikers,” said Kane Webb, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. “Travelers from across the globe have visited our state to ride its trails, bolstering the state’s economy. We’re pleased to partner with the Department of Education and the Walton Family Foundation to encourage students to write and ride.”

The prize package will be presented during the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) World Summit in Bentonville November 10-12. Weekend lodging and meals for the winner and a guest will be provided courtesy of the state’s hospitality industry.

“We are excited to be a part of the ‘Write on. Ride off.’ contest,” Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key said. “This contest gives students the opportunity to showcase their writing skills and gives them the chance to win an amazing prize package that promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.”

The contest is open to all junior and senior high school students in Arkansas. Entry forms and other promotional materials with the theme “Write on. Ride off.” have been sent to schools across the state.

For more information or to enter the contest, visit Arkansas.com or contact Leah DiPietro at 501-682-7606.


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