Perceived Constraints in Participating the Mountain Marathons: the Case of the Olympus Marathon

Perceived Constraints in Participating the Mountain Marathons: the Case of the Olympus Marathon

Journal of Sport & Recreation Management
Volume 5, Issue 1
2008
Pages: 
29-46
issn: 
1791-6933
Perceived Constraints in Participating the Mountain Marathons: the Case of the Olympus Marathon
Panagiota Polatidou, Fotini Dantsi, & Konstantinos Alexandris

ΤΕΦΑΑ Θεσσαλονίκης, Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης

2008
Abstract: 

Mountain marathons have been developed rapidly the last years in Greece, as a leisure activity. The aim of the present study was to investigate constraints that influence participation in Olympus Marathon. One hundred and one runners (95% male, 5% female) participated in the study. A modified version of Alexandris & Carroll’s (1997a) leisure constraints questionnaire was used. The results revealed four constrain dimensions: lack of time, individual / psychological problems, financial/accessibility and facilities/ services related problems. Furthermore, the results revealed statistical significant differences between males and females (p<0.05) in the financial/accessibility dimension, and between the age groups of 31-40 and 41-50 in the time dimension (p<0.01). The study’s results indicate the value of leisure constraints research in studying athletes’ behavior in the context of mountain marathons, and can help organizers’ efforts to increase athlete’s participation.

Keywords: 

Olympus Marathon.

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