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Catching Air at Jermain BMX Bike Park

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Chris Prebula, 18, of Petersburg, Mich. hits a jump at the Jermain BMX Bike Park in West Toledo.

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Jon Carpenter, 18, of Swanton, left, takes a break after failing to land a jump while he and Ryan Doss, 15, of West Toledo, center, talk with other bikers.

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Chris Sours of South Toledo rests his sprained ankle, sustained after rolling it severely. Sours, who has helped build trails in his neighborhood, spent dozens of hours volunteering to help get the Jermain BMX Bike Park up and running.

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Jon Carpenter, 18, of Swanton takes a break after a hard landing off one of the taller jumps.

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Chris Sours of South Toledo shows off an injury he sustained after crashing while riding on the street.

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John Pezzin of Swanton, center, talks with other bike riders during a break from riding.

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Alton Moran of Fostoria, center, rides down a mound as he and other riders work on the new Jermain BMX Bike Park.

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Alton Moran of Fostoria speeds down toward a jump while taking turns riding on the new Jermain BMX Bike Park.

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Alton Moran of Fostoria, left, and John Pezzin of Swanton, center left, talk while taking turns riding on the new Jermian BMX Bike Park.

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Chris Prebula, 18, of Petersburg, Mich., left, and Jon Carpenter, 18, of Swanton ride back beside the rolling jumps at Jermain BMX Bike Park.

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Garrison Veselich, 7, surveyed the jumps before deciding which to attempt. His father, Tom, said Garrison had been riding a bike without training wheels since he was about three and a half years old.

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Chris Prebula, 18, left, of Petersburg, Mich. and Jon Carpenter, 18, of Swanton talk before hitting the jumps at Jermain BMX Bike Park in West Toledo.

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Garrison Veselich, 7, smiled back at his father, Tom, after successfully taking one of the beginners jumps. Tom said Garrison had been riding a bike without training wheels since he was about three and a half years old and is excited to be getting into jumping.

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Chris Sours of South Toledo, center right, and other riders take turns hitting the jumps.

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Chris Callahan, 16, of West Toledo, left, Garrison Veselich, 7, center left, Celie Veselich, 4, center right, and Tom Veselich, of West Toledo, right, watch as some of the experienced bikers hit the tallest jumps.

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John Pezzin of Swanton, center, gathers speed as he heads for a jump.

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John Pezzin of Swanton lands a flip off a jump. Pezzin is one of the local riders who both maintains jumps at his home and has come out to utilize the local park.

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