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Heart of America victory part of marathon double

The Heart of America Marathon is a Labor Day tradition in Columbia and the fifth oldest marathon in the country.

Heart of America Marathon draws small but dedicated crowd

The 48th annual Columbia race won’t draw record crowds, but it’s a race with a lot of heart.

Tour of Missouri: The hills

Although Missouri’s course doesn’t have the peaks and valleys of the Tour de France, elevation still plays a role in the race.

Tour of Missouri: The riders

The Tour of Missouri will bring with it 120 athletes, several of which are world-class cyclists.

Tour of Missouri

Arrive early to pin down a spot at the finish line of the Tour of Missouri pro cycling race. There will be a host of activities in front of the Boone County Courthouse before the bright colors of jerseys streak through the streets of Columbia on Sept. 14.

Tour of Missouri: The course

The upcoming Tour of Missouri features six stages that show off the best of Missouri’s urban and rural settings. The tour is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 11 in Kansas City’s famed Plaza District.

Tour of Missouri: The teams

There are 15 teams participating in the invitation-only Tour of Missouri. Ten are based in the U.S. There are eight riders per team, for a total of 120 riders in the race.

Tour of Missouri: The gear

The bikes may not look that different, but they are beyond ordinary. From the parts to the construction, the frame to the wheels, it’s all top notch — and the price shows it.

Bike ride benefits fight against Multiple Sclerosis

Mid-Missouri bike riders will participate in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Bike Ride 150 on Sept. 8 and 9 in Columbia.

Fantasy league draft more fun in person

With Web sites devoted to fantasy sports, most drafts are done online, and live drafts are things of the past. But the members of this league wanted something more personal.

Racer makes special ride

Carl Edwards didn’t have a lot of time to celebrate Saturday's Nextel Cup victory. He had to make it back to Columbia for a special event.

Balloon competition comes to Columbia

The weekend’s Columbia Balloon Invitational proves to be more about fun and camaraderie than competition.

Unique hot-air balloon opens opportunity to wheelchair users

Hot-air balloon gives the disabled a chance to enjoy a sky-high experience. Gary Waldman brings Serena's Song, his specially equipped hot-air balloon, to Columbia this weekend.

After 4 year hiatus, hot air balloons return to Columbia

World champion balloonist to compete in charity balloon event this weekend in Columbia.

Hoops by starlight

It’s Tuesday night at Moonlight Hoops, an annual basketball tournament held at Douglass Park. The heat is unrelenting, but still a crowd of about 100 ultimately gathers.

Picture of the week

After competing in the Sport 40-90 mountain biking race in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Mike Sutherland, Myron Michael and Scott Henson rest. Many of the racers have met in previous races and compete together during the season.

Youth team heads to Cooperstown

The Columbia Rockhounds will play in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament on Saturday in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Weary athletes finish competition

Our Group, a 50-and-older men’s basketball team, has won nine gold medals at the Show-Me State games, and Sunday they came within a win of winning their 10th.

Long, strange trip

Dim moonlight lit the banks of the Missouri River as Jeff Barrow left Glasgow, paddling his way through the evening in his long, pointy canoe. The light fog hovering over the water’s surface made steering especially difficult, even for the intermediate canoer.

Routes set for state cycling tour

One hundred twenty professional cyclists will come to the state in six weeks, and routes for the Tour of Missouri are now set.

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