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Hooking a worm at Twin Lakes Recreation Area [Photo]

Jack Welshons, 7, waits as his mother, Susan Nagle, hooks a worm on his fishing pole at Twin Lakes Recreation Area on Labor Day. Jack, his twin sister Sam and their mother spent the afternoon fishing and catching crayfish with family friends.

Digging up worms at Twin Lakes Recreation Area [Photo]

Sam Welshons, 7, inspects the worms she collected for fishing at Twin Lakes Recreation Area on Labor Day. Sam hooked the worm on her fishing pole by herself but did not catch a fish.

Playing with a dog at Twin Lakes Recreation Area [Photo]

Steve Goyette, left, and his son Dominik, 6, try to stay dry as Cherry, a goldendoodle puppy, jumps up to say hello at Twin Lakes Recreation Area on Labor Day.

Fishing at Stephens Lake Park [Photo]

Silas Kluever, 7, spent his Labor Day off from school fishing at Stephens Lake Park. Silas, his father and two friends came to the park to try their luck.

Labor Day fun on the slide [Photo]

Labor Day doesn't have much meaning for 2-year-old Max Morrow. It's just another reason to get out to Stephens Lake Park to enjoy some fun in the sun. "It was Max's request", said his mother, Karyn Morrow, a stay-at-home mom. "We hit the park a lot."

Two boys fishing at Stephens Lake Park [Photo]

Seven-year-old Silas Kluever, right, waits for fish to bite while his friend Hunter Rottinghaus, 7, tries his luck with the a net at Stephens Lake Park on Labor Day. The boys had no luck fishing, but that didn't stop them from enjoying their day off from school.

Two boys soaked in water at Stephens Lake Park [Photo]

Six-year-old David Hernandez right, holds a fountain spout with his foot while Davantee White, 8, looks on at Stephens Lake Park on Labor Day.

Two boys play in water at Stephens Lake Park [Photo]

Drew Pridemore, left, runs through the fountain at Stephens Lake Park with his older brother Josh on Labor Day. The boys, who are from Ashland, came out with their aunt to enjoy some nice summer weather.

Girl plays in water at Stephens Lake Park [Photo]

Twenty-month-old Eva Butt romps through the fountains at Stephens Lake Park on Labor Day. Stephens Lake Park hosted a crowd of people who took advantage of the nice weather by fishing, swimming and enjoying the sun.

Tracking marathon participants [Photo]

From left: Peggy Horner, Marie Kerl, Kate Floros, Andrea and Tom Allen track the progress of participants as they approach the finish line of the 50th Annual Heart of America marathon, on Monday. Tom Allen has helped staff the marathon for over 20 years. "I like to see the runners come in. I know what they've gone through," he said.

Pushing for the finish line [Photo]

Karen Mills, 27, left, and Chris Bowling, 40, both of Columbia, push for the finish line of the 50th Annual Heart of America marathon on Monday. The annual marathon is considered one of the most difficult in the United States because of the heat and the grade of hills, and most competitive runners avoid it because of its potential impact on their national standings.

'Lipstick Lady' crosses 200th finish line [Photo]

Boonsom Hartman, 52 of Oak Forest, Ill., receives a hug after completing the 50th Annual Heart of America marathon on Monday. Hartman, known as the "Lipstick Lady" for the fresh lipstick she applies before crossing every finish line, wore #200 in honor of her 200th marathon.

Overcome with emotion at the marathon [Photo]

Chad Rogers, 26, of Columbia is overcome with emotion as he finishes the 50th Annual Heart of America marathon. The marathon is considered one of the most difficult in the United States with more competitive racers avoiding it because of the race's potential impact on their standings.

Cool-down tank after the marathon [Photo]

Darrell James, 48, left, of Corvina, Calif., and Joe Bechtold, 42, right, of Columbia relax in the cool-down tank after completing the 50th Annual Heart of America marathon on Monday. The marathon is considered one of the most difficult in the United States because of the heat and grade of many of its hills; most competitive runners skip the competition because of its potential impact on their national standings.

'Barefoot Rick' shows feet after marathon [Photo]

Rick Roeber, 53, also known as Barefoot Rick, shows his foot as he relaxes in the cool-down pool after completing the 50th Annual Heart of America marathon on Monday. Roeber has run in many marathons without shoes since October 2003, including the Boston Marathon.

Medals and drinks await marathon participants [Photo]

Medals, Gatorade and water await the runners who complete the 50th Annual Heart of America marathon, on Monda. Most runners prefer water because it's not as sweet, said Carl Schulte. Schulte, whose parents were founding members of the Columbia Track Club, flew in from Irvine, Calif., to volunteer for the race and has been part of the race for about 38 years.

Engaged at the marathon [Photo]

Jay Giddings, 35, kisses his fiancee, Julie Hochwender, after completing the 50th Heart of America marathon on Monday. The couple became engaged when Giddings stopped and proposed at the bottom of Easley Hill during last year's race. They plan to marry in July of 2010.

Resting after the marathon [Photo]

Newell Kitchen, 50, of Columbia rests after completing the 50th Annual Heart of America marathon on Monday. The Heart of America marathon is considered one of the most difficult in the United States because of the weather and some of the inclines during the race.

Cartwheeling across the finish line [Photo]

Bekkie Wright, 46, does a cartwheel across the finish line of the 50th Annual Heart of America marathon on Monday. Wright and Joseph Poliquin, 57, traveled from East Hartford, Conn., to participate in the race, one of the most grueling in the United States.

Marathoners cross finish line [Photo]

Carolyn Mitchell, 72 (#39), of Lenexa, Kan., waves in triumph, with Karen Nicholson, (#167), close behind as she crosses the finish line of the 50th Annual Heart of America Marathon on Monday. Mitchell was one of the last participants to finish and had planned to run with her husband, Kent Mitchell, but he was sidelined with an injury.
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