ANDY PAYNE MEMORIAL RACES

History

 WHO WAS ANDY PAYNE?

Andy Hartley Payne (born November 16, 1907, died December 1977) was the winner of the Transcontinental Footrace staged in 1928. He ran the 3,423.5 mile (5,509.6 km) route from Los Angeles to New York City, much of it along U.S. Route 66, in 573 hours, 4 minutes, 34 seconds, (84 days) averaging 6 miles per hour.

Payne, a member of the Cherokee tribe, grew up in Claremore, Oklahoma which was one of the check point towns along the route of the race. His father was a friend of Will Rogers and had worked on the ranch of the latter's family during his youth.

The footrace was organized to promote U.S. Route 66 which had recently been built as a simple, well-paved route across the country, and dubbed "the main street of America". First prize was $25,000 which Payne used to pay off the mortgage on his father's farm.

REALLY COOL!
Interactive website from the documentary of the Great American Foot Race won by Andy Payne in 1928.  History, runner bios, and more. Check it out!

GREAT AMERICAN FOOT RACE INTERACTIVE WEBSITE

To learn more about Andy Payne and "The Great American Foot Race", check out this link to the 2002 PBS Documentary! 

THE GREAT AMERICAN FOOT RACE DOCUMENTARY

Andy is number 43 in the picture below.


Sunday, September 14th
Lake Hefner

7:00 am Half Marathon
7:30 am 5K Run
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