C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America

C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America

by Geoff Williams

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Overview

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016619873
Publisher: Tantor eBooks
Publication date: 05/29/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 371,843
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Geoff Williams is a freelance journalist whose articles have appeared in Entertainment Weekly and Life magazines, among other publications. He frequently contributes to Entrepreneur and pens a monthly humor column for the parenting magazine Babytalk. He is also the author of Washed Away and coauthor of Living Well with Bad Credit. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Loveland, Ohio.

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