On his seventieth birthday in 1909, a slim man with a shock of white hair, a walrus mustache, and a spring in his step faced west from Park Row in Manhattan and started walking. By the time Edward Payson Weston was finished, he was in San Francisco, having trekked 3,895 miles in 104 days. Weston's first epic walk across America transcended sport. He was "everyman" in a stirring battle against the elements and exhaustion, tramping along at the pace of someone decades younger. Having long been America's greatest pedestrian, he was attempting the most ambitious and physically taxing walk of his career. He walked most of the way alone when the car that he hired to follow him kept breaking down, and he often had to rest without adequate food or shelter. That Weston made it is one of the truly great but forgotten sports feats of all time. Thanks in large part to his daily dispatches of his travails-from blizzards to intense heat, rutted roads, bad shoes, and illness-Weston's trek became a wonder of the ages and attracted international headlines to the sport called "pedestrianism."Aided by long-buried archival information, colorful biographical details, and Weston's diary entries, Walk of Ages is more than a book about a man going for a walk. It is an epic tale of beating the odds and a penetrating look at a vanished time in America.
"Jim Reisler ... brings this fascinating character to life on the pages of Walk of Ages."-Duncan R. Jamieson, Aethlon: Journal of Sports Literature -- Duncan R. Jamieson Aethlon: Journal of Sports Literature "Reisler deserves credit for threshing out the real historical relevance of Edward Payson Weston."-Frank Zarnowski, Journal of Sport History -- Frank Zarnowski Journal of Sport History
For 13 years, Friends of Jewish Senior Life, the auxiliary supporting programs for older adults on two campuses in metro Detroit, hosted a Walk of Ages on the West Bloomfield campus.
I am excited to be working as a co-chair on the Walk of Ages XV! Please help us reach our goal of $200,000 raised and 1,500 feet on the ground on September 14. Stuart Lorch, Co-Chair