There was a footrace in 1928 nicknamed the "Great Bunion Derby" that was one of the earliest transcontinental foot races from Los Angeles to New York City organized by C.C Pyle. Several hundred runners set off on a multi-stage trip to cover 3,400 miles on foot. Runners from all over the world, from all different backgrounds, socioeconomic conditions and ethnicities traveled to Los Angeles to compete together in the event. 55 runners eventually finished in NYC months after the start.
We always loved this event because it brought together such a large, diverse group of athletes to Los Angeles to compete. It also rallied a nationwide crowd of spectators all over a sport at the time that was not widely accepted culturally. It was a major milestone for running culture and an important piece of running lore in LA.
Our Cannonball Runs exist to serve the running community and race for what we deem to be the most important part of racing - having fun and competing with your friends. Our fourth Cannonball Run took place on October 29th in Los Angeles, and while it wasn't 3,400 miles (more like 3.5) it brought together a unique community of athletes with their friends and family to race for fun.
As with all previous races, runners were not charged an entry fee and the winner of the race had their selection of charity where Noah will be making a donation on their behalf. This year the recipient charity is the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA). Founded in 1992, KIWA builds power with immigrant workers and renters to bring about a more just and inclusive Los Angeles. Special thanks again to Dover Street Market Los Angeles for hosting us post race and to our friend, Knox Robinson for helping organize the race.
See you at the next one!