1929 Bunion Derby: Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace Across America (SYRACUSE U PRESS)
Monday • May 5 • 7pm
U District store
Reading & Book Signing
A vaudeville spectacle that sent 77 men on 3,554-mile race in pursuit of a $25,000 prize, the 1929 Bunion Derby was more than just an extended marathon. As author Charles Kastner reveals in his latest book on the trans-American Bunion Derbies of 1928 and 1929, it was a portrait of hardship, endurance and inspiration reflective of both the times and those living in them. Curious to learn more about the greatest footrace you've never heard of and the inspirational athletes at its center? Join us for a reading and signing with Kastner that is sure to be enjoyed by readers, runners and history buffs alike.
Charles B. Kastner lives in Seattle, Washington, and has published numerous articles in Northwest Runner and Marathon and Beyond magazines. A long-distance runner himself, he is the author of two books: The 1929 Bunion Derby: Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace Across America (2014) and Bunion Derby: The 1928 Footrace Across America (2007). Readers can find out more about Kastner's books and interest in marathon running by visiting charleskastner.com.