Induction Sponsored by
Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital
Andy Payne grew up in Claremore, Oklahoma, and was only 20-years old when he traveled across the United States to capture the first International Trans-Continental Foot Race. Along with 275 runners from around the world, he entered the 3,422.3-mile race that snaked across ten states from Los Angeles to New York. One of six Americans that entered the race, Payne averaged 60 miles per day to complete the distance in 573 hours, 4 minutes and 34 seconds. Payne beat his nearest competitor by 15 hours. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Long Distance Running Wall of Fame in 1998.