Flanagan's Run Author:Tom McNab Flanagan's Run is an epic entertainment that captures America's courage, flamboyance and spirit of endurance. — The time: the Great Depression of 1931. The man: Charles C. Flanagan-like Barnum, a flamboyant promoter. Flanagan's inspiration: to conduct a footrace that begins in the Coliseum in Los Angeles and ends in Central Park in New York. T... more »o attract athletes from all over the world, Flanagan promises $300,000 in prize money, the winner to get $150,000. And so they come from England, France, Scotland, Germany, and all over the United States to join in a brutal three-thousand mile odyssey of endurance and courage, of men and women battling the furies of nature and against each other.
And a wonderful cast of characters they are: Kate Sheridan, an ex-Minsky dancer who falls in love with a bruising but gentle boxer who seeks a fortune not for himself but for his son; Doc Cole, a huckster of liniments who is inured to the ways of racing; Al Capone; some Hitler youth; the FBI; the Wobblies, and many more. Heartwarming, Flanagan's Run is inspired and filled with the zest of life.« less