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Labor Day fun on the slide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Edwards injured

Driver Carl Edwards walks through the garage with the aid of crutches during practice for Sunday's Pep Boys 500. He broke his right foot playing frisbee with friends Wednesday.

62 years of medals

Jerry Smartt, 77, of Warsaw, holds a handful of medals from his collection of hundreds. Smartt has competed in long-distance running races for 62 years.

Shoe with a story

Jerry Smartt, of Warsaw, holds a shoe he wore when racing in a series of meets against Russian competitors in 1958. Smartt, 77, continues to compete in races.

Crossroads College Preparatory School in St. Louis that is LEED certified

The library is part of the new addition to Crossroads College Preparatory School in St. Louis that is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. It's the first K-12 school building in St. Louis to meet the requirements of the green building rating system.
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