Barnes Duration: 6 hours, 36 minutes Unabridged In 1928 a sports promoter named Charles C. Communities disallowed his racy carnivals. He followed that up, in the 1929 Bunion Derby, with a 9th place finish of 100 runners. On May 26, 1928, fifty-five weary men make their final laps around the track in Madison Square Garden that marked the end of their eighty-four day ordeal. There were the hares, intent on winning stage races, building insurmountable leads, playing off the cheers of crowds.
Alan Firth organised two events in 2002 and 2004. On March 31, 1929, seventy-seven men began an epic 3,554-mile footrace across America that pushed their bodies to the breaking point. On August 18, 2012, ultrarunner became the second woman to cross America on foot but the first to run across and make it in 80 days during the Run Across America on Trail 2012. The Bunion Derby, as the press dubbed the event, was the brainchild of sports promoter Charles C. Cars had just been invented and 1 in 5 people owned one causing the mass production of roadways. Payne won handily and became a hero in his home state, where a stretch of Highway 66 is still named Andy Payne Boulevard.
A bonus is that you get a strong sense of cultural and popular America in the pre-depression 1920's, the sort of thing you don't get in history class. Out of the 199 runners who left Los Angeles on March 4, 1928, at 3:30 p. Free food and board was advertised for the racers and often cars were parked 3 and 4 abreast along the route with crowds of onlookers. The derby consisted of daily town-to-town stage races that took the men across the length of Route 66 to Chicago, then on other roads to the finish in Madison Square Garden. Forty-three of the racers were veterans from the first ever trans-America race held in 1928. Charley Pyle's offer of free food and lodging to anyone who would take up the challenge opened the race to men of limited means. Included among their ranks were world-renowned racers from England, Scotland and Switzerland along with an Oklahoma farm boy, a Seattle-born iron worker and a Hollywood actor.
This was a formidable field of past Olympic champions and professional racers that should have discouraged sane men from thinking they could win a transcontinental race to New York. The lucky few had assistants, people in a car or motor bike with food and drink, change of sneakers and clothing, linement and grease for sunburn. But the real story of Gardner and the four other Blacks in the derby was the racism they encountered as they wound their way through Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri, in the form of catcalls, slurs, segregated dining and housing, and even death threats. Drawn by hopes for a better future and dreams of fame, fortune, and glory, the bunioneers embarked on an exhaustive and grueling journey that would challenge their physical and psychological endurance to the fullest while Pyle struggled to keep his cross-country road show afloat. The bulk of Kastner's book is a day-by-day accounting of the race. Those that could afford to staid in local hotels, the rest staid in a huge tent with cots, but it became evident early on that the organizers had forgotten they would need laundry done and this made for very uncomfortable conditions with dirty sheets and cots.
Byline: The Book Reviewer www. This was a sport of the working classes. After overcoming all that, the black runners faced a man made hell when Route 66 took them to Texas where the Ku Klux Klan dominated the state legislature and the city governments of Dallas, Forth Worth and El Paso. Kastner, Narrated by Andrew L. Please enjoy this new offering from Syracuse University Press.
Free food and board was advertised for the racers and often cars were parked 3 and 4 abreast along the route with crowds of onlookers. In Texas the crowds were abominable to the Black athletes, threatening them, the international athletes were embarrassed and would not segregate the Black runners. Highway Route 66, a 2,400-mile road, mostly unpaved, that subjected the runners to mountains, deserts, mud, and sandstorms, from Los Angeles to Chicago. Yet 55 of them made it all the way from California to New York and I am glad the author decided to tell their stories. The Bunion Derby, as the press dubbed the event, was the brainchild of sports promoter Charles C.
Charley Pyle's offer of free food and lodging to anyone who would take up the challenge opened the race to men of limited means. Long distance runners consume huge amounts of food and some were not able to get the nutrition they needed. The Bunion Derby, as the press dubbed the event, was the brainchild of sports promoter Charles C. My second about the 1929 race—The 1929 Bunion Derby: Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace across America—will be published this spring. Yet they came, flouting the odds. Kastner lists 75 newspapers in the references from which he combed through archives to find nuggets to enrich the story. One hundred and ninety nine runners left Los Angeles on March 4th, 1928 in an endurance race through deserts and mountains, amid torrential rains and blinding snow and upon highways we would hardly consider as cow paths - by today's standards.
While it is easy to laugh at Pyle, the men who made the run were strong, modest, and dedicated to the task of completing the event. Genre: AudioBooks, History, Black Issues, NonFiction, Sports A Review of the Audiobook Published by University Press Audiobooks in 2015 Read by Andrew L. The runners represented all walks of American life from immigrants to millionaires, with a peppering of star international athletes included by Pyle for publicity purposes. John Cronick Canada Saskatoon, Sas. Kastner had clearly done years of painstaking research to cobble together this story from hundreds and hundreds of sources.
For eighty-four days, the men participated in this part footrace and part Hollywood production that incorporated a road show featuring football legend Red Grange, food concessions, vaudeville acts, sideshows, a portable radio station, and the world's largest coffeepot sponsored by Maxwell House serving ninety gallons of coffee a day. K37 2007 Dewey Decimal 796. The runners represented all walks of American life from immigrants to millionaires, with a peppering of star international athletes included by Pyle for publicity purposes. I recently published a book about an amazing trans-American footrace that took place in 1929, just months before the Great Depression. . Each runner was clocked everyday, so the winner was based on the one who completed the entire race in the less time. The final ceremony takes place at Madison Square Gardens, with only about 400 onlookers, most of the huge crowds had seen the racers for free outside the arena and would not pay the door tab , the winners are awarded pink cheques.
Soon it became apparent that only those runners with the means of feeding themselves and securing dry rooms at day's end had a real chance at victory. The writing throughout is crisp and entertaining, with just the right amount of repetition to be able to keep the scores of characters in the book distinguishable. The Bunion Derby, the life and times, American history alive. In a wild grab for glory, a cast of nobodies saw hope in the dust: blacks who escaped the poverty and terror of the Old South; first-generation immigrants with their mother tongue thick on their lips; Midwest farm boys with leather-brown tans. Included among their ranks were world-renowned racers from England, Scotland and Switzerland along with an Oklahoma farm boy, a Seattle-b An exhilarating and inspirational journey across America with some of the world's first, and finest ultra-marathoners. No obvious damage to the cover, with the dust jacket if applicable included for hard covers.