LONG-DISTANCE RUNNING AS A SOCIAL PHENOMENON

Authors Stankiewicz Blazej
rektor@ukw.edu.pl
Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz
Chodkiewicza str. 30, 85-064 Bydgoszcz, Poland

Cieslicka Miroslawa
rektor@ukw.edu.pl
Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz
Chodkiewicza str. 30, 85-064 Bydgoszcz, Poland

Kortas Jakub
rektor@awf.gda.pl
Academy of Physical Education and Sport
ul. Kazimierza Gorskiego 1, PL-80-336 Gdansk, Poland

Iermakov S.S.
sportart@gmail.com
Kharkov State Academy of Physical Culture
Klochkovskaya str. 99, Kharkov, 61022, Ukraine

Abstract In recent years the leisure activities that do not require any special qualifications, equipment or talents have gained the greatest popularity. People living in a civilized, urbanized world full of growing problems need a form of escape from the daily routine, and running provides an excellent opportunity for this. Objective. The objective of the present paper was to characterize a small social group going in for recreational long-distance running. Detailed information gained this way might prove helpful when organizing leisure activities for people seeking new forms of recreation. Also, they might be a precious source of information for those who already practice and are looking for new solutions when developing their training loads. Materials and methods. A survey that was carried out included 68 competitors enrolled in the Metropolis marathon Bydgoszcz-Torun and running at the distances of 21,1km and 42,2km. The competitors in the 20 to 60 age bracket were examined. The research method applied was a survey questionnaire. Conclusions. Long-distance running is undoubtedly a developing social phenomenon that attracts more and more followers. The results presented might provide a valuable source of information for those who already practice and are looking for new solutions when developing their training loads.
Key words run; distance; long; time; free;
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First page 140
Last page 149
Volume 4
Year 2012
Title of Journal Fiziceskoe vospitanie studentov=Physical Education of Students
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