Geoff Williams on C.C. Pyle’s Amazing Foot Race | Tantorious

Tantorious is a semi-monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio.

Geoff Williams is a freelance journalist whose articles have appeared in U.S. News & World Report, Entertainment Weekly and Life magazine, among other publications. His book C.C. Pyle’s Amazing Foot Race is a riveting account of an incredible 3,423-mile foot race across America in 1928, and the legendary sports promoter who masterminded the event. It is being published in print, ebook, and audio editions by Tantor.


Excerpts from the audio interview:

Q: Who was C.C. Pyle?

A: C.C. Pyle was America’s first sports promoter. He had tried acting and producing in Hollywood but that didn’t go well. Then he met the college football star Red Grange, saw dollar signs, and became his agent. Pyle launched the first professional tennis tour, then came up with the idea for the Bunion Derby in 1928.

Q: What was his concept for the race?

A: People would run across the entire country and whoever won would get $25,000. The towns and cities would pay Pyle, and there would be sponsors. He knew the runners had interesting stories, and he promoted the race on the radio. Reality TV is an extension of what he did. It was an amazing idea but difficult to execute, and the book tells what happened.

Listen to a sample of the Tantor audiobook edition of C.C. Pyle’s Amazing Foot Race, narrated by Robertson Dean.

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  1. Suzy says:

    The book is a reprint from what I can tell. The original was published in 2007 by Rodale Pub. Our library has that copy.