And they're off
The starting line and the finishing post are now both in sight.
Tomorrow morning the prime minister will announce the date of the general election. I know you knew anyway but we can now say authoritatively for the first time what we've known for so long.
Polling day is to be Thursday 6 May.
So if we can't get excited about the date what is there to look forward to tomorrow? I will be listening hard for the pitches the party leaders make to the electorate.
Gordon Brown will, I'm told, dub this election "the big choice". In a speech in Downing Street tomorrow morning he's expected to say: "The people of this country have fought too hard to get Britain on the road to recovery to allow anybody to take us back on the road to recession." He's told tomorrow's Daily Mirror that the alternative is "too big a risk...too great a danger...too much of a threat".
At around the same time, the alternative - David Cameron - will use a speech of his own to claim that he's fighting this election for "the Great Ignored". To make sure he can't be accused of ignoring anyone, he will tell us that they are "young, old, rich, poor, black, white, gay, straight". He will go on to argue that as "good, decent people...they just want a reason to believe that anything is still possible in our country. This election is about giving them that reason, giving them that hope".
Meantime the Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg will say: "Today is the beginning of the end for Gordon Brown" before presenting himself and his party as the source of "real change and real fairness".
So, that's clear then - which is more than can be said for the polls on the last night before the campaign kicks off. One - You Gov in the Sun - has the Tories crossing 40% for the first time in months and basking in a comfortable lead of 10%. The other - ICM in the Guardian - has their lead falling to 4% - a low not seen from this pollster for many months.
What that tells you is that we are in for most unpredictable, most dramatic and most exciting election in many years. I can't wait. (Shame I'm sniffling and sneezing at home drinking hot lemon to shake off a pre-campaign cold!)