The 1929 Bunion Derby: Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace Across America (2020)

The 1929 Bunion Derby: Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace Across America Charles B. Kastner The Bunion Derby Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace Across America On March seventy seven men began an epic mile footrace across America that pushed their bodies to the breaking point Nicknamed the Bunion Derby by the press this was the second and la
  • Title: The 1929 Bunion Derby: Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace Across America
  • Author: Charles B. Kastner
  • ISBN: 9780815610366
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Hardcover
The 1929 Bunion Derby: Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace Across America Charles B. Kastner 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 fromOn 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 New York City to Los Angeles Among this group, two brilliant runners, Johnny Salo of Passaic, New Jersey, and Pete Gavuzzi of England, emerged to battle for the 25,000 first prize along the mostly unpaved roads of 1929 America, with each man pushing the other to go faster as the lead switched back and forth between them To pay the prize money, race director Charley Pyle cobbled together a traveling vaudeville company, complete with dancing debutantes, an all girl band wearing pilot outfits, and blackface comedians, all housed under the massive show tent that Pyle hoped would pack in audiences Kastner s engrossing account, often told from the perspective of the participants, evokes the remarkable physical challenge the runners experienced and clearly bolsters the argument that the last Bunion Derby was the greatest long distance footrace of all time.
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One thought on “The 1929 Bunion Derby: Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace Across America

  1. Larry

    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 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 repetitious [...]

  2. Frank Giannino

    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 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 to life He puts yo [...]

  3. David Warady

    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 Across [...]

  4. Linda Martin

    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, shop [...]

  5. Lance

    Rating 4 of 5 stars Excellent Review 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 promoting [...]

  6. Linda B.D.

    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 assumed a lot [...]

  7. Steven

    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 Totally [...]

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