Marathon number 24 for 2017, and state number 45 for the second go, at the Bismarck marathon in Bismarck, North Dakota. A flat suburban marathon, well supported with volunteers on a cool day with a misting. I began the morning by scouting out other maniacs, and met a nice group of Canadians before I ran into Amy Michele Lambert just before the start. We chatted the whole way and it helped keep me out of the funk I’ve been in lately. So that’s super neat. Fun fact: The North Dakota capitol building, pictured, is the only one in the nation that is asymmetrical. Both houses of the legislature meet on the left side of the building, the tower on the right side is for the executive.