Flanagan's Run Author:Tom McNab 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 Los Angeles and ends in Central Park in New York. To attract athletes from over the world, Flanagan promises $300,000 in prize money, the winner getting $150,000. — Among the r... more »unners are: Kate Sheridan, an ex-Minsky dancer who falls in love with a gentle miner strike organizer, Mike Murphy who seeks a fortune not for himself but for his son; Doc Cole, a huckster of liniments and runner who wants to win a big race to put his name in the annals of running history; Hugh McPhail, a Scotsman, who runs for financial survival; Lord Peter Thurleigh, a wealthy Englishman who runs for a wager and acceptance by his peers.« less
I liked this book very much. Taking place during the Great Depression of 1931, it is the tale of a race across the country from Los Angeles to New York. The characters worm their way into your heart as they face challenge after challenge to continue. From the heat of the Mojave to the snow and cold of the mountains, the runners struggle to keep going. The promoter of the race, Charles Flanagan, finds the race funding eroding as the runners get closer and closer to their destination. From a Minsky dancer, to a miner strike organizer who loses his wife to a Scottish runner who has nothing to gain but funds to survive, from a man who has always wanted to win a great race to a British lord who is running to win a wager, the tale blends these individuals into a team that keeps encouraging one another to continue.