Sex Roles

, Volume 25, Issue 3–4, pp 119–127 | Cite as

Perceived benefits of marathon running in males and females

  • Susan G. Ziegler


The differences in both perceived benefits and attitudes toward running between male and female runners, and between runners who classified themselves as competitive runners (CR) or recreational runners (RR), was the focus of this study. Four-hundred and two runners completed the Ten-Minute Survey for Runners within two weeks of completing a marathon. RR, more so than CR, perceived greater benefits from running. However, CR expressed a more positive attitude toward running and its role in their lives than did RR. Men perceived running to be more beneficial to them than women. However, women, more so than men, felt running had a positive effect on self-image and their lives were richer because of running. Future research concerns on the effects of competition on the lives of women are explored.


Social Psychology Positive Attitude Great Benefit Research Concern Female Runner 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan G. Ziegler
    • 1
  1. 1.Cleveland State UniversityUSA

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