THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Posing puppies and rockin' the Roots 'N' Blues festival

Sunday, September 23, 2012 | 6:55 p.m. CDT; updated 8:19 a.m. CDT, Monday, September 24, 2012
Members of Body Combat Chicks run south on Forum Boulevard on early Tuesday morning. Their five-mile route meanders through residential areas and larger streets.

COLUMBIA — Even though the Missouri football team left town for South Carolina, there was still plenty of activity around Columbia this week. Missourian photographers were out taking pictures of a women's running group, some dogs that want to be read to, a softball tournament and the Mizzou marching band. The week was capped off by the annual Roots 'N' Blues festival on Friday and Saturday. 

Missourian photographer Stuart Palley took this photo of a group of women called the Body Combat Chicks. The group has 357 members, with an age range of early 20s to early 60s. Body Combat Chicks train together for different races around Missouri. This shot was taken early in the morning on Sept. 18 on the group's five-mile run along Forum Boulevard. 

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Reading to Rover, the Doggy Drill Team posed for Missourian photographer Kayla Kauffman to take a group photo. After the photo was taken, the Doggy Drill Team put on a show at the Reading to Rover Celebration at the Columbia Public Library. The library hosts Reading to Rover, which allows children to read to dogs from Ann Gafke's Teacher's Pet Therapy Dogs.

Kayla Kauffman took this photo of the final game of the Kewpie Classic softball tournament on Saturday. The 16-team tournament, held at Antimi Softball Complex, brought in schools from across Missouri. Rock Bridge finished 5th, and Hickman, who was hosting the tournament, finished 10th. 

In the parking lot of Hearnes Center, photographer Zac Boesch captured Benjamin Duddy mid-clap as he kept the trombone section of Marching Mizzou in rhythm during practice. To fall in line with other bands in the SEC, Marching Mizzou will travel to all conference away games for the first time this year. An increased budget and desire to fit in with Missouri's new conference pushed this change. 

During Saturday night of the Roots 'N' Blues Festival, Kayla Kauffman took this photo of blues artist John Mayall performing in front of a packed crowd in downtown Columbia. Mayall was just part of the spectacle for the second day of the festival. Al Green, among other artists, put on performances, and earlier in the day there was the Roots 'N' Blues BBQ 10k race. 

Supervising editor is Maggie Walter

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