Running With Heart
Runners at the Heart of America Marathon chose to celebrate the day a little differently. For some runners, running 26 miles actually is their idea of a day off.
"This is a great day off from work. Most people sleep in today. Why not wake up and run 26 miles?" asks race winner Chuck Engle.
But not every competitor looks at the race that way.
"Well, it was a laborious day. I put the labor in labor day" said runner Craig Brumfield. Brumfield ran his first marathon to honor his late grandfather, but he's not sure it's a habit that is going to stick.
"We're gonna see. This might be my first and only tribute to my grandfather," Brumfield said.
On the other hand, admitted marathon junkie Chuck Engle, wrapped up his second marathon in a row.
He won a race in Tupelo, Miss. just 24 hours earlier.
"I think after running in the heat and hills yesterday and the humidity, coming up here, I had a nice seven hour drive to relax. I felt strong, I felt refreshed, I felt good. I was pleasantly surprised by the conditions," Engle said.
Even though Brumfield may not get to the two marathons in two days level in his racing career, he feels good about his effort for his grandfather.
"My goal was to finish and to finish under five hours. And I guess the time said I finished in 4:38 and some change, so mission accomplished," said Rumfield. It was a mission that was worth the labor for more than 100 runners.
Monday marked the 48th Running of the Heart of America Marathon. It's always run on Labor Day weekend. Organizers say about 147 competitors entered this year's race.