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Runners get a wellbeing boost from participating in organised races

04 January 2019

An increasing number of people are taking up recreational running. It often starts with a slow, painful canter around the block, followed by a wheezy vow to get into better shape.

Maybe this was you, and you’ve since marshalled enough grit to complete runs of a sufficient length and frequency that you’re now comfortable telling people that you’re a runner. Do you leave it there, or is it time to train for and take part in an organised race?

A recent study suggests it’s worth a go. Marzena Cypryańska and John Nezlek report in The Journal of Positive Psychology that recreational runners were happier and more satisfied with life during weeks in which they had taken part in an organised race.


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