"In a wild grab for glory, a cast of nobodies saw hope in the dust: blacks who escaped the poverty and terror of the Old South; first-generation immigrants with their mother tongue thick on their lips; Midwest farm boys with leather-brown tans. These men were the 'shadow runners,' men without fame, wealth, or sponsors, who came to Los Angeles to face the world's greatest runners and race walkers. This was a formidable field of past Olympic champions and professional racers that should have discouraged sane men from thinking they could win a transcontinental race to New York. Yet they came, flouting the odds. Charley Pyle's offer of free food and lodging to anyone who would take up the challenge opened the race to men of limited means. For some, it was a cry from the psyche of no-longer-young men, seeking a last grasp at greatness or a summons to do the impossible. This pulled men on the wrong side of thirty from blue-collar jobs and families." - from the Preface"
The story of Charley Pyle's 3,400-mile cross country race and extravaganza and the men who endured 84 days of mountains, deserts, mud, and sandstorms to compete for a $25,000 grand prize.See all Editorial Reviews
This is an amazing true story. It's a bit dry, as it just states what actually happened, but is no less epic because of that. Read morePublished 12 months ago by DK
As a runner who likes to buy running books its one like this which inspires me the most. Just guys toughing it out going far. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Shane W. Early
Charles Kastner's Bunion Derby tells the saga of 199 men who raced across the country in 1928. It's an incredible tale, with many interesting threads - watching the race unfold;... Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by Steve Shepard