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'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.

Eight-grader tests emergency shower in St. Louis school

Eighth-grader Adrian Romo, right, helps test the emergency shower in the Bio-Chem classroom that is part of the new addition to Crossroads College Preparatory School. It's the first K-12 school building in St. Louis to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.

Lost footage, found

Diane Hunt and her husband, David Hunt, second from left, sit with Robert Miller in front of a projection of the film David and Diane discovered in their house in south St. Joseph. The film, originally in 16-mm, plays like a silent film with title slides, and documents the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. company picnic at Lake Contrary in 1927.

Together after all these years

Joan Hay Stone, 68, and George Stewart, 78, enjoy the shade with Stone's golden retriever, Zena, at Stone's home in Waverly, Kan. The couple both attended Latimer School, a one-room school house east of Ottawa on Rock Creek Road. After not seeing each other for about 50 years and sharing nearly a combined 100 years of marriage with their late spouses, they plan to wed in November.

Omondi tips the ball over the net

Columbia College senior Maria Omondi tips the ball over the net while her teammate Paula Ferreira watches during a match Friday against the Savannah College of Art and Design. Omondi, from Kenya, and Ferreira, from Brazil, are two of the players that make up a diverse Cougars team.

Black and gold Bud Light cans spill out of a recycling bag

Cans of Bud Light spill out of a recycling bag in a parking lot near the Edward Jones Dome after the game against Illinois on Saturday. The cans with team colors have spurred debate as to whether or not they encourage underage drinking.

Author shows off new book

P.J. Hornbeck holds a copy of her new book. "'Chance and Charlie Go Flying' is about two poodles who actually flew with my husband and me," she says.

Plane-loving pooch

P.J. Hornbeck, right, her pilot husband, Gary, and their dog Chance, which was one of the dogs that inspired her new book, "Chance and Charlie Go Flying."
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