Foot Race started at Ascot Speedway in Los Angeles and finished
in Madison Square Garden in New York City. 199 runners left Los
Angeles, California on March 4th, 1928 at 3:30 p.m.. 55 runners finished
on May 26th, 1928. Only men were allowed to enter the race. The
race took 84 days to run from coast to coast. It was called the
Bunion Derby by the newspapers. The Bunion Derby followed Route
66 from Los Angeles to Chicago. From Chicago to New York City the
race ran wherever the promoter, C.C. Pyle, could get the town to
pay a fee. Dr. K.H. Begg, a prominent medical expert, predicted
that the race would take five to ten years off the runners lives.
The runners ran an average of 40 miles a day, nearly the equivalent
of two marathons. The shortest distance they ran was the first day,
17 miles from Ascot Speedway in Los Angeles to Puente, California.
The longest distance was 74.6 miles from Waverly, New York to Deposit,
New York, the 79th day. The race ran from California through Arizona,
New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana,
Ohio, Pennyslvania, New Jersey and New York. The race covered a
total of 3,422.3 miles.
Gavuzzi #103, Granville #84 and Newton #35 were the
only three Foot Race runners who went on to make money in the sport.