Marathon runners' motivations and use of social media for social support
Waldman, Brittany A. 2017. Marathon runner's motivations and use of social media for social support--In Proceedings: 13th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.93
We live in a world that promotes regular physical activity. One physical activity that is swooping the nation is marathon running. Research has found that since 1990 participation in long distance running in the United States has increased more than 270%, with an increase of women runners by 577% (Running USA, 2011). The purpose of this participant observation study was to explore the different types of motivations runners have, how members of one running group use Facebook to seek motivation & support, and whether there are variations based on gender. Data consisted of 109 Facebook posts by 50 individuals participating in a Facebook group for marathon runners. Through first cycle and second cycle coding, the data was analyzed for prominent themes. Ten overall themes were produced from the data and the top three themes that emerged from the data were positive emotion, providing reinforcement, and The Prairie Fire Marathon.
Presented to the 13th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Rhatigan Student Center, Wichita State University, April 28, 2017.
Research completed in the Department of Sociology, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences