Turn-of-the-century drawing of a person walking

Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport

by Matthew Algeo Author

Ever wonder why we take such fascination in watching horse racing, or the Indy 500? Well, it didn't used to always be like that - the most popular sport in the United States used to be walking. Yes, walking. Pedestrianism was the most popular sport in the 1870s and 1880s - predating the dance marathons of the Great Depression by nearly 50 years - and the point of them was to walk until you couldn't walk any further. Around a track, with spectators watching from the stands. Really! Find out more about the rise and fall of this sport - with all the scandals and gambling it entailed - with this fascinating book.

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