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The Great American
Foot Race Historic Rt 66
Runner's Biographies

Andy Payne
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PAUL 'HARDROCK' SIMPSON
Burlington, NC
Has been running in competition for several years. Ran a match race against a running horse from Burlington to Morehead City and return. Ran a great race in the North Carolina Intercollegiate Championships.
GUY SIMS
Neosho, MO
His best record was made in Oklahoma last summer when he ran 92 miles in 12 hours. His confidence in his ability to win the race is based on his belief that a well-trained runner will be first.
PERRY 'DOC' SMALLWOOD
Lakewood, OH
Smallwood needs no introduction. His victories over Hayes, Dorando and St. Yves are matters of record. He holds the world's professional records for 5-10-12 and 15 miles. He is 38 years old and a native of Wales.
PAUL A. SMITH
Gates, OR
A veteran at distance running. Winner of the Oregon Journal trophy in 1927. Smith is 43 years old and has many wins to his credit in both running and walking events. He has been training daily for several months.
DR. ARNE L. SOUMINE
Detroit, MI
Another native of Finland who has had much distance work. Ran in the Auto City Marathons of 1921-23-24 and 26. Winner of the 1920 Marathon at Worcester, MA and finished second in the Central AAU 26 mile event in 1625.
JOSEPH SPANGLER
Los Angeles, CA
A marathoner with a good record. Competed under the colors of the Melrose AA Club in the Porchester, Graphic Modified and Long Beach Marathons. Spangler has just crossed the continent from New York in training for the big race.
HENRY STAHL
Long Beach, CA
Stahl is a German-American, born in Stockbridge, WI. He is another member of the California group who shows no records in the past. He is 38 years old and showed well in training.
JOSEPH STERN
Los Angeles, CA
Stern was born at Cape Town, South Africa, and is a veteran hiker. He is 44 years old and is a steady grinder on the road. He has no past records.
STANLEY STEVENS
Calgary, Canada
Stevens is a veteran athlete who will run under the colors of the Calgary branch of the Canadian Legion. He was Alberta provincial champion for five miles in 1922, '24, '25 and '26. Was a member of a Canadian service marathon team.
WALTER STONE
Hollywood, CA
Native of Switzerland. Participated in many swimming and walking contests, of which no records exist, during his early life in Switzerland. Later engaged in amateur foot races in California and was in front at the finish in the majority of them.
JOHN STONE, JR.
Marion, IN
A football and basketball star at Marion high school. A member of the cross-country running squad with a great record. Stone has been in California for the past year, but will carry the colors of his native state.
VERN STREETER
Anamosa, IA
Streeter will carry the emblem of his native town over the long trail to New York. He is a good strong lad who has just passed his 21st birthday. He has trained for several months.
HENRY SWABEY
Canada
A veteran walker who will carry the Canadian colors in the long stretch. He has held records in England for 51 and 54 miles. Swabey was born in London 48 years ago.
EMIL TAMLANDER
San Francisco, CA
Another runner from Northern California who has had much racing. He is a veteran of many Dipsea runs in California as well as The Bulletin cross-city races in San Francisco. Tamlander wore the Italian-American Virtus Club emblem.
ANTON TAUCHER
Denver, CO
Taucher is a native of Yugoslavia and is 36 years old. He has no running history, but is a natural athlete with lots of strength and ability to stand the hardships of the long grind to New York.
GEORGE D. TAYLOR
Prince Albert, Canada
Taylor was born at Weldon, Sask. and is 33 years old. He has had little running experience, but promises to be well up with the rest of the Canadians when the finish in New York is reached.
RICHARD J. THOMAS
Brooklyn, NY
Contested in the 1927 Porchester Marathon. Thomas is a natural runner and a great distance man. He was born in England 21 years ago. He has the stride and heart to carry him through to the finish.
   
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