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The 1929 Bunion Derby: Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace Across America

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On March 31, 1929, seventy-seven men began an epic 3,554-mile footrace across America that pushed their bodies to the breaking point. Nicknamed the "Bunion Derby" by the press, this was the second and last of two trans-America footraces held in the late 1920s. The men averaged forty-six gut-busting miles a day during seventy-eight days of nonstop racing that took them from ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 31st 2014 by Syracuse University Press (first published March 15th 2014)
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Frank Giannino
Jan 31, 2015 Frank Giannino rated it it was amazing
I have "Bunion Derby Fever" thanks to Charles Kastner. The great thing about this story is that you can't get enough of it! I want to know even more ... the stories within the story and the ongoing stories in the aftermath of what has been written in his book. I keep thinking, what if we had a race like this today ... with GPS, modern roads, better support vehicles, better technology! I would love to see how today's ultra marathoners would fare. Charles Kastner powerfully brings the Bunion Derby ...more
David Warady
Jan 30, 2015 David Warady rated it it was amazing
Review of Charles Kastner's "The 1929 Bunion Derby, Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace Across America"

After winning the 1992 Runner's World, 3,000 Mile, Trans America Footrace, I never thought anyone who hadn't raced across the United States could adequately capture the essence of the race and the daily grind of its competitors. I was wrong.

Charles Kastner, in his "The 1929 Bunion Derby, Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace Across America" (and previously in his, "Bunion Derby, The 1928 Footrace A
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Larry
Nov 21, 2014 Larry rated it it was ok
It is somewhat surprising to know that this was written by a long-distance runner and someone with a graduate degree in History, for it is not particularly good history, and, perhaps more importantly, it does not do a credible job of getting into the details of long-distance running. This is the author's personal enthusiasm made manifest by lots of details that he was able to track down in a less than thorough way. To limit comments to the most egregious faults, first, the author gets very ...more
Linda Martin
Feb 15, 2015 Linda Martin rated it it was amazing
My husband and I just completed a trip from St. Louis, MO, to Huntington Park, CA, following two-thirds of the route of the 1929 Bunion Derby. It was a strange journey through lonesome country, made in honor of my father Elwin Harbine who finished twelfth in 1929. I kept Charles Kastner's book beside me, marveling at distances and weather as we drove through Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. We stopped at each town center where the bunioneers stopped, walked around, ...more
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A nearly forgotten footnote in the history of running and foot races took place in the late 1920’s when the Bunion Derby was held. The race was held in 1928 and again in 1929 and was a trans-American race in which the runners would run distances ranging from an “easy” day of about 30 miles to days when they had to cover nearly 70 miles of unpaved roads, unpredictable weather and treatment for injuries that inevitably occurred. The races were a means of pro
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Linda B.D.
Apr 04, 2015 Linda B.D. rated it it was amazing
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Many of us sit in front of out television watching the Olympics and other type races. If you only knew the truth! A shockingly true story of one of the first foot races. Did some cheat? Did some die? What did medical personnel think of water and food during the race? What were they forced to wear? They didn't have tennis shoes- so what were they wearing? I thought I thought I knew theses simple facts.

There are many things I had never thought involving a race-especially this long ago. Maybe I a
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Steven
Apr 08, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and still can't believe the daily pace that these guys achieved in order to compete and try to win the race. Being a runner myself it's hard to fathom these runners, especially back in the early 20th century without today's advanced technology of specific running shoes, clothing, Carbo loading aides, etc being able to sustain the sub 9 minute per mile pace for the winner and sometimes sub 8 pace for stages day after day and in non paved road conditions. ...more
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I’ve been in love with the running for over forty years. The process of running on my own two feet has a primal, and, at times, spiritual appeal to me. I’ve competed in hundreds of races from ultra-marathons to five-kilometer runs. I’ve experienced the preverbal runner’s high, but nothing I’ve done comes close to the Herculean effort required by the men who ran in two long forgotten footraces ...more
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