The "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" no more: marathons and social worlds

Robinson, Richard, Patterson, Ian and Axelsen, Megan (2014) The "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" no more: marathons and social worlds. Journal of Leisure Research, 46 4: 375-394.

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Author Robinson, Richard
Patterson, Ian
Axelsen, Megan
Title The "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" no more: marathons and social worlds
Journal name Journal of Leisure Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-2216
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 46
Issue 4
Start page 375
End page 394
Total pages 20
Place of publication Ashburn, VA, United States
Publisher National Recreation and Park Association
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract This paper investigates how a group of novice marathon runners become immersed in the social world of a distance running community. A qualitative research design involved a combination of interviews and observations from within the social world of the distance running community. This fieldwork was undertaken in the traditional three month training period leading up to a major international marathon on the Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia. Two groups were tracked using these methods: the first were runners who trained with a club while the second group were runners who trained individually. The findings suggest that novice runners who trained with a club progressively identified with the values and behaviors of the social world of the long distance runner.
Keyword Social Worlds
Serious Leisure
Marathon Runners
Sport & Tourism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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