November 19, 2002

The Independent Television Service ( debuts the comprehensive companion website to the documentary THE GREAT AMERICAN FOOT RACE

Access the Site

In 1928, Andy Payne, a 20-year-old Cherokee, won the Great American Foot Race – the longest foot race in history, stretching 3,422 miles along Route 66 from Los Angeles to New York. The documentary is broadcast on PBS through November. (Check local listings at

Website highlights include:

The Runners

Read about the runners who competed in the Great American Foot Race, their times and standings. See highlights on Cherokee Andy Payne, the winner.

Progress of the Race

Learn the intimate details of the transcontinental foot race, including the grueling training, timekeeping, housing for the runners, a map of the course and the traveling carnival that accompanied the race.

The Era

Discover what it was like to run the world’s longest race without modern conveniences and learn about life during the “Roaring ’20s,” including the economic boom, prohibition and how racism affected Native people.

Route 66

“Get your kicks on Route 66” – discover the rich history of the transcontinental highway that hosted the race.


Read a synopsis of the film, filmmaker bios, and links to related websites.

Classroom Content

Lesson plans are available for high school classrooms on Native American and other diverse cultures, cultural geography and Route 66.

Contact: Jodi Epstein

ITVS 415-356-8383 x225