26 Hour Walking Race Championship Belt


Blue and white leather belt with three oval shaped, brass medallions and one square brass medallion attached to front; two straps and buckles on back for attaching to waist.

This belt was awared to competitive walker Earl Tracy, who in 1879 travelled 95 miles in 26 hours. Tracy was the only competitor to finish the race, which began at the Concordia Opera House in Baltimore, Maryland and concluded in Washington, DC. The donor's father claimed that Tracy later wore the belt to state and country fairs.

Competitive walking, also known as pedestrianism, was among the most popular activities for wagering during the 18th and 19th centuries. The sport has evolved into modern racewalking.

Date Made: 1879

Location: Currently not on view

Name Of Sport: RacingWalkingWeb Subject: Sports


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Credit Line: Frank E. Shumard

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1992.0041.01Catalog Number: 1992.0041.01Accession Number: 1992.0041

Object Name: belt

Physical Description: leather (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 1/2 in x 36 1/2 in; 11.43 cm x 92.71 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-aec4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1120354

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