Monday, May 12, 2008

Best City for Walkers Presentation

I visited Kingsport, TN today to present the Best City for Walkers Award. The presentation was at 12:30 p.m. at one of the many entrances to the famous Greenbelt multi-purpose trail. (What a beautiful trail!) There were several dignitaries from the area, several local walkers, and some media representatives. I presented the award to Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips. It was very nice!

Earlier in the day, Bobby Baker, a well-known local walker, took my friend Deb and I on a tour of the area. It is such a nice city! We had originally planned to walk on the Greenbelt first thing in the morning, but it was rainy and cold. We opted to stay inside and eat a nice breakfast from the hotel buffet. We made the right choice.

Luckily, the skies cleared up pretty well before the presentation. To see the front-page article from Sunday's paper, go here: There is also a nice little video about the trail that accompanies the print story.

In addition, the paper sent some video reporters to the news conference, and they interviewed me afterward. They said the video will also be posted on YouTube when it is ready. Wow! I've never been on YouTube!

Thank you to everyone who made our stay in Kingsport such a fun trip! Thanks to Deb for going with me so I wouldn't have to drive all that way alone and thanks for taking pictures.

Top Photo: Me in the middle with Heather Jones, left, of the Kingsport Visitors Bureau, and Bobby Baker, right. We were standing around waiting for Mayor Phillips to arrive.

Second Photo:
Bobby Baker and me at one of the entry points to the Greenbelt. It's a beautiful trail!

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