Among the runners of C. C. Pyle's First Annual International Transcontinental Foot Race were an assortment of underdogs, including twenty-year-old Oklahoman and part Cherokee Andy Payne, who wanted to win over the girl of his dreams and pay off the mortgage on his family's farm; Paul "Hardrock" Simpson, who was in over his head but couldn't let down his North Carolina hometown; Mike Kelly, a luckless boxer from Indiana; Seattle's Ed Gardner, one of four black runners who encountered bigotry; Charles Hart, a sixty-three-year-old Englishman hoping his best days weren't behind him; and Frank Johnson, a middle-aged husband, father, and steelworker from St. Louis who broke away from his humdrum life and dared to do something different. Newspaper and magazine journalist Geoff Williams details this historic event and the colorful cast of characters involved, based on firsthand accounts of those who were there and interviews from many living descendants. C. C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race is a classic American story so astonishing and surreal that you have to hear it to believe it.
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"In the 1920s, Americans embraced endurance contests-- from marathon dances to flagpole sitting and more. In 1928, publicist C.C. Pyle, armed with big dreams as well as a big mouth, organized an ambitious race: a California-to-New York run, with runners averaging more than a marathon a day. Dozens of runners--with limited training knowledge and difficult conditions--entered. Robertson Dean's deep-voiced narration spins a folksy tone as he recounts the experiences of many of the runners. For Pyle, it's as if you can hear the showman pitching his ideas while talking out of the side of his mouth. It's a style that is totally appropriate for the man whose financial troubles shadowed him every step of the way. Dean carries the story of the race well, his bass voice clearly bringing this slice of Americana to life. M.B. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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