Charles Kastner is a Seattle based writer and financial manager. The University of New Mexico Press published his history of the first footrace across America in 2007. He has also contributed chapters to two books dealing with his experience as Peace Corps Volunteer as well as writing for Marathon and Beyond and Northwest Runner magazines. He holds advanced degrees in business, history, and environmental biology.
Eddie Gardner Crossing the Mississippi River at St. Louis, 1929 “Image Courtesty of Charles Kastner” In the following account, sports historian Charles Kastner describes the remarkable athletic career of Eddie “the Sheik” Gardner of Seattle, Washington. Gardner was arguably the greatest ultramarathoner in Pacific Northwest … Read MoreEddie “the Sheik” Gardner: An Ultramarathoning Legend and Unsung Hero in the Struggle for Racial Equality in America.