Drawing of the four competitors early in the Third International Astley Belt race held in Gilmore's Garden, New York City, during March 10-15, 1879. The winner, Charles Rowell of England, seen at right above, walked 500 miles to win the 6-day race. Trailing him are 6'1" Charles Harriman of Maine who finished third, Daniel O'Leary of Chicago (reigning champion)--who dropped out of the race, and (at left) John Ennis of Chicago--who finished second. The indoor track was 10-feet wide and required 8 laps per mile.
(Image courtesy of P. S. Marshall. All rights reserved. See page 197 of King of the Peds
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