The Amazing Foot Race of 1921: Halifax to Vancouver in 134 Days

Heritage House Publishing Co
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This adventure tale celebrates five Canadians who hiked from Halifax to Vancouver in 1921. For a nation struggling with post-war inflation, labour unrest and unemployment, the 3,645-mile hike was a welcome distraction. Daily reports from the competitors, who followed the CPR tracks, ran in the Halifax Herald and in other newspapers, and it wasn`t long before the entire nation had was caught up in the daily drama of the five hikers. They drew big crowds wherever they settled for the night or shared a meal with locals. Bands played. Crowds cheered. People placed their bets. By the time they were done, all five competitors had turned Canada "walking crazy."

Shirley Jean Roll Tucker's lively account of this largely forgotten Canadian sporting event uses the vernacular of the day, with newspaper accounts and the hikers' own words.

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About the author

Shirley Jean Roll Tucker is a theatre director and playwright whose works include The Queen of the Shuswap; You’re Loving, Kind and True, Jack Boy; The John L. Wilson Story; The Supper Waltz; and Sowing Seeds in Danny, a musical adaptation of Nellie McClung’s novel. The Amazing Foot Race of 1921 is her first book of non-fiction. Born and raised in Alberta, Shirley now lives on a heritage farm in the Shuswap region of British Columbia.

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Publisher
Heritage House Publishing Co
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Published on
Mar 15, 2011
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781926936550
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Canada / General
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