Andy Hartley Payne
(November 16, 1907 – 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, (23 days) averaging 6 miles per hour.
Payne, a member of the Cherokee
tribe, grew up in Foyil, 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.
Andy Payne was in the supreme court of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was reelected 7 times after words
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