Photo courtesy of Mark S. Auerbach, Passaic City Historian (personal collection)

A foot race from L.A. to N.Y.?

Forty miles a day for eighty-four days?

$25,000 to the winner?

The Great American Foot Race chronicles the “dramatic and often harrowing events” (International Literacy Association) of the so-called Bunion Derby of 1928.  One hundred and ninety-nine runners toed the starting line. A handful of international stars, a basketful of proven distance athletes, and a host of starry-eyed dreamers: how many would survive to cross the finish line 3,400 miles later?

The Great American Foot Race is more than a sports story:

  • It brings the ballyhoo spirit of the 1920s “vividly to life.” (Kirkus Reviews)
  • It explores “the racers’ compelling reasons for running.” (Booklist)
  • It is “a colorful quilt of perseverance and ambition.” (VOYA Magazine)


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