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Charles B. Kastner

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in Seattle, The United States


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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 across America, nicknamed the bunion derbies. These races took place in the twilight of the 1920’s when the nation was a buzz with Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic and all records seemed there to be broken.

For the past fourteen years, I’ve studied and written about these epic footraces. My first book about the 1928 race—Bunion Derby: The 192

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The 1929 Bunion Derby by Charles B. Kastner
"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..." Read more of this review »
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"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..." Read more of this review »
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I read Birdsong and immediately wanted to pick it up and begin again. Whether writing about love or the battlefields of France in World War One, Faulks touched depths of human emotion that moved me in very profound ways. WWI was a watershed event tha ...more
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