Charles B. Kastner
Seattle author and long-distance runner Charles B. Kastner helps uncover some lost history - lost African American history, lost American history, lost Seattle history, lost sporting history - in his captivating new book, Race Across America: Eddie Gardner and the Great Bunion Derbies (Syracuse University Press). In 1928 and 1929, Eddie Gardner, hailing from Seattle, competed and won two cross-country (the whole country) footraces, overcoming much beyond the sheer physical and mental grind to do so, though those things, too.
"Race Across America captures the magnitude of challenges faced by Eddie Gardner as he competed in the greatest race on earth: desert heat, hours of mental and physical strain, endless mountains, intense rain, and racial barriers; and the winning spirit it took for him to reach the finish line."—Lorna Michael.
"Chuck Kastner masterfully brings to light the story of Eddie Gardner, the first great African American Ultramarathon runner of the 20th Century and in doing so, provides a powerful lesson in American and Civil Rights history."—Gary Corbitt.