Race Across America: Eddie Gardner and the Great Bunion Derbies (Sports and Entertainment) (Hardcover)
2020 Peace Corps Writers Paul Cowan Award for the Best Book of Non-Fiction
On April 23, 1929, the second annual Transcontinental Foot Race across America, known as the Bunion Derby, was in its twenty-fifth day. Eddie "the Sheik" Gardner, an African American runner from Seattle, was leading the race across the Free Bridge over the Mississippi River. Along with the signature outfit that earned him his nickname--a white towel tied around his head, white shorts, and a white shirt--Gardner wore an American flag, a reminder to all who saw him run through the Jim Crow South that he was an American and the leader of the greatest footrace in the world.
About the Author
Charles B. Kastner is a long-distance runner and the author of The 1929 Bunion Derby: Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace across America. To learn more about Chuck Kastner, visit CharlesKastner.com.