THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Fall football, fall foliage and fall festivities

Sunday, November 20, 2011 | 7:21 p.m. CST; updated 3:01 p.m. CST, Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Autumn activities continued in Columbia as people enjoyed the last home football game, a festive race in the park and some warm weather.

Nick Michael took this photo during a Read-a-Thon on Friday at Columbia Independent School. The school has hosted the event every year before Thanksgiving break for the past 10 years. This year's theme for a third-grade class was "Gone Camping," and students were invited to bring stuffed animals, wear pajamas and make forts out of sheets over their desks. Here, Paige Ingalls, 7, reads a short chapter of her book.

Missourian staff was out on Saturday taking pictures of Tiger fans enjoying the last home football game of the season. Shengze Zhu photographed this young tiger before the Missouri-Texas Tech football game. Tate Shively, 2, goes to every home game with his father. Missouri beat Texas Tech 31-27.

On Saturday at Midway Travel Plaza, close to 400 people participated in Cross Country Xtreme. The website for the eighth annual run described the morning’s activities as “deranged cross country run, demented obstacle course, unhinged costume contest, complete insanity.” The race included mud pits, mazes and obstacles with fences and hay bales. Katie Currid took this photograph of some zombie brides climbing up a muddy hill. 

Columbia saw a beautiful fall season this year, but falling leaves also mean more work raking them. Sarah Hoffman photographed Dylan Petersen blowing leaves into a pile on Tuesday at Stephens College.

Matthew Busch went to a Rock Bridge High School men's wrestling practice on Wednesday and shot this photo of Trent Johnson, left, and Harry Schauwecker, both seniors, taking a team break.

Some Columbia residents spent time outdoors at Flat Branch and Peace parks on Sunday. Temperatures reached the low 70s, giving people the last bit of mild outdoor time before winter comes. Alex Wood took this picture at Flat Branch Park as Farah Hassan and Ammaar Firazi, 9, cross the creek at the park.

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