I wore a long-sleeve shirt today for my run for the first time this fall. On the shirt was "Des Moines Marathon October 18, 2009." A rush of memories came flooding back. You may remember that last month I posted about the Maui Marathon that we ran two Septembers ago. Well, the plan to run the Des Moines Marathon came from that race. We wanted another marathon in a new state (for us) a month away from Maui. Des Moines was the marathon-that-almost-wasn't for many reasons! I plan to share the story here later this week, but for now, here is Rick's version of the race. This marathon is easily the only marathon I really had to want in order to run it.