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    Footsteps from the Past: Retracing the Epic 1928 Route 66, 3400 Mile Footrace

    Presented by at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

    April 22, 2017

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    Footsteps from the Past: Retracing the Epic 1928 Route 66, 3400 Mile Footrace

    On March 4th, 1928, 199 of the world’s greatest long distance runners lined up on a muddy track in Los Angeles to embark on an 84 day, 3400 mile stage race across the United States lured by a $25,000 first prize.  As the race took its toll, only 55 of the starters made it the full distance to Madison Square Garden in New York City and it fondly became known as the “Bunion Derby.”  The race course followed Route 66 passing through Williams and Flagstaff on March 16th and 17th. After having spent days in the scorching desert heat, runners were greeted to a Northern Arizona March snowstorm. By the time they reached Flagstaff on March 17th, almost exactly half of the field dropped out.  While two books and a documentary have greatly detailed the race, archaeologist Neil Weintraub from the Kaibab National Forest will focus on the days that the runners passed through Northern Arizona discussing newspaper accounts, photographs, and the places that you can visit to retrace the footsteps of these intrepid runners.

    Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

    409 West Riordan Road
    Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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