Published on July 4, 2012 by Amy
Born: November 16, 1907
Died: December 1977
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Andy Hartley Payne 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 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.