September 14, 2010

Somerset, KY – Despite the rain, nearly 100 hikers gathered September 11, 2010 for the second annual “Take a Hike” for Tourism at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Middlesboro, KY. The event was presented by TOUR SEKY in partnership with The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Friends of the Park, Pineville Community Hospital, Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital and Bell County Tourism. “Take a Hike” was created to make people aware of the importance of adventure tourism and health awareness. Community members enjoyed the free hike from 10am-Noon. Hikers registered at the park’s Visitor’s Center in Middlesboro, KY. Participants received free gifts including re-usable water bottles, first aid kits and wrist bands along with bottled water and a healthy snack. Middlesboro ARH and Pineville Community Hospital were also onsite to offer free health checks to participants. The two hospitals worked together to provide free cholesterol and glucose testing along with educational materials. Free Flu shots were also available for participants. “Health awareness is an important part of our mission,” said Jeff Crowe, TOUR SEKY President and CEO. “We love partnering with attractions and organizations in our region to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle while showcasing the adventure that can be found right here at home.” “Take a Hike” for Tourism is an annual event. For more information on the event and how you can be a part of the success in 2011, contact Maggie Bill 606-677-6093 or mbill@tourseky.com. TOUR SEKY is an award winning initiative of Congressman Hal Rogers. The organization’s mission is to educate, expand, develop and market the existing and potential tourism industry throughout southern and eastern Kentucky, while contributing to the economic, cultural growth, health and awareness, and overall quality of life of the region. For additional information about TOUR SEKY visit www.tourseky.com, or call 606-677-6093.