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C.C. Pyle's amazing foot race : the true story of the 1928 coast-to-coast run across America

Author: Geoffrey Williams
Publisher: Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale ; [S.l.] : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, ©2007.
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An account of an incredible 3,423-mile foot race across America, the Great Foot Race of 1928, and C.C. Pyle, the legendary sports promoter who masterminded the event. A year before the Great Depression, endurance fads were all the rage, from dance marathons to flagpole sitting, and spectators would shell out hard-earned cash to watch. When notorious sports agent and promoter C.C. Pyle offered a $25,000 prize for a  Read more...
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Williams, Geoffrey, 1970-
C.C. Pyle's amazing foot race.
Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale ; [s.l.] : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, c2007
(OCoLC)608523803
Named Person: Charles C Pyle
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Williams
ISBN: 9781594863196 1594863199
OCLC Number: 123284589
Description: xiv, 322 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Bunion derby --
Ballyhoo --
A deceptive road --
California dreaming --
On your mark --
Go! --
Odd company --
Racing Arizona --
Arizona anxiety --
New horizons, New Mexico --
Weathering the storm --
Home sweet home --
Slow going --
Rough going --
Into Indiana --
Fancy footwork --
Last legs --
Waiting game --
Epilogue : end of the line.
Responsibility: by Geoff Williams.
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An account of an incredible 3,423-mile foot race across America, the Great Foot Race of 1928, and C.C. Pyle, the legendary sports promoter who masterminded the event. A year before the Great Depression, endurance fads were all the rage, from dance marathons to flagpole sitting, and spectators would shell out hard-earned cash to watch. When notorious sports agent and promoter C.C. Pyle offered a $25,000 prize for a foot race from Los Angeles to New York, 199 runners from all over the world took their marks and half a million spectators flocked to the starting line. The race was grueling, but an astonishing 55 participants made it to the Madison Square Garden finish line 84 days later. In re-creating this classic American drama, the author accessed never-before-published material and the support of several descendants of the participants.--From publisher description.

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