RUNNING AND SERIOUS LEISURE PERSPECTIVE

Saša Pišot

Running as a mean and a path to physical fitness, health and wellbeing became a world revolution and popular “brand” of a healthy lifestyle. Running a marathon or a half marathon in Slovenia also became one of the fastest growing sport activities reflected in mass sport participation at recreational running competitions or events. This phenomenon needs a different perspective in researching who the runners are and what are their relations to their leisure time? This was also the aim of this research - to analyse who run a marathon and a half-marathon in Slovenia and how running affect to runner’s leisure time. From the point of Stebbins's (2007) Serious Leisure Perspective – the theoretic framework we have analysed runners as amateurs and hobbyists in the sample of 260 runners of the 1st Istrian marathon 2014. According to results, we can conclude that running as “serious leisure” activity for runners is highly substantial and fulfilling Running as a “career” in acquiring and expressing a combination of its special skills, knowledge, and experience could be found in runner's answers of their time practicing running. We notice a fair level of knowledge of sport nutrition and their willingness to spend more than 600 euros per year for sport equipment, fees and other. Since the obtained results were quite interesting, more characteristics of running as serious leisure will be studied within the scope of the next Istrian marathon in 2015.

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