Prairie Fire Marathon in Wichita, Kansas, number 26 for calendar 2017. A cool, flat, suburban race through Kansas’ largest city. The last few miles started to get toasty, but we all miraculously survived thanks to copious community support, and a friendly atmosphere. Karen Andersen’s 50th state, Jim Diego’s 50th marathon, and Stacey Bolyard’s 100th marathon. Congratulations to you all. People I inexplicably did not take a picture of: Andrew Martin, Jody Reed, Joe Iovanisci and Glen Anderson. Fun fact: In 1880 Kansas banned the sale of alcohol. Nevertheless saloon owners persisted during the boomtown cattle days of 1890s Wichita. Enter Carrie A. Nation, militant, hatchet-wielding Prohibitionist, who, together with her acolytes, smashed up enough saloons to get her arrested 30 times. Her persistence payed off. Kansas forbade the sale of alcohol until 1948. They never ratified the 21st amendment ending prohibition, and Kansas maintains some of the strictest liquor laws in the nation to this day including prohibitions on liquor by the drink, except in private clubs.