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MORNING BUZZ: Campaign Jokes, Marathon Preps and Where’s Breakfast?

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Happy Friday from Megan! Patrick needed to get to an early meeting, and I thought I’d give the blog a try.

The funniest story of the morning may be the jokes from the two men running for President. As is tradition, both President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney spoke at the Al Smith Dinner in NYC last night. Pat filled us in on the fact that Smith was the first Catholic nominee for President. He ran in 1928 against Herbert Hoover. Patrick is a history buff, and I love learning new tidbits I probably should have picked up in high school. You can watch highlights from NBC News here.

Get ready for runners to invade Des Moines this Sunday. A record number of people are expected to participate in the IMT Des Moines Marathon. The Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay take off from Nollen Plaza at 8 a.m. Sunday. The 5K starts at 8:30. Jeriann says the weather is going to be great to watch and there are plenty of places to cheer on the runners. Patrick says his family will watch from their front yard. I would love to run the 5K, depending how our weekend shakes out. You can still sign up to run. Just go to the Scheel’s Sports expo today or tomorrow. Go to for more information.

Finally, if you watched Today in Iowa yesterday or read the Morning Buzz, you know Patrick and Jeriann were in a Twitter war, to see who could get the most followers. It was close, but @JeriannWX had the most followers by the end of Today in Iowa. In all fairness, we made up the “rules” to our thrown together “war” as the morning went on, but after the news we decided @PatrickWDix had to buy breakfast for all of us this morning. Well, our tummies are still grumbling! Since technically I’m far behind in followers, I feel like I really lost this race and will bring in breakfast Monday. Although it’s going to be a healthy treat because Jeriann and I are starting our own “weight war” Monday, but that’s a blog for another day.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! It sounds like it will be nice to get outside after the past couple damp days.