The Amazing Race, Thursday 16 June 1921
Charlie Burkman arrived in Vancouver 149 days after leaving Halifax on foot. Burkman’s partner on the trek bailed on him to become a rum runner, so he made most of the journey alone. Between Sudbury and Moose Jaw, he used a pair of modified roller skates to roll along train tracks assisted by a pole.
Some other folks took Burkman’s trek as a challenge. Husband and wife team Jenny and Frank Dill and Jack Behan and his son Clifford turned it into a transcontinental foot race. At 131 days, the Dills had the best time from Halifax to Vancouver and won the contest. The Behans came in second at 136 days and poor Charlie was last. All were reportedly in pretty rough shape by the time they got here.
For more info, see The Amazing Foot Race of 1921.