The 'Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner' No More: Marathons and Social Worlds

Robinson, Richard and Patterson, Ian and Axelsen, Megan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8858-2049 (2014) The 'Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner' No More: Marathons and Social Worlds. Journal of Leisure Research, 46 (4). pp. 375-394. ISSN 0022-2216


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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2021 00:40
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2021 00:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: social world; serious leisure; marathon runners; sport tourism; careers
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160402 Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470208 Culture, representation and identity
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1306 Sport, exercise and recreation > 130601 Exercise
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1306 Sport, exercise and recreation > 130602 Organised sports
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00222216.2014.11950333
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43732

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