Older vs. Younger Adult Male Marathon Runners: Participative Motives and Training Habits

Ogles, Benjamin M.; Masters, Kevin S.
June 2000
Journal of Sport Behavior;Jun2000, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p130
Academic Journal
Motivations for and training habits used to prepare for running a marathon were compared between older adults, age >/- 50 (N = 104), and younger adults, age 20 - 28 (N = 110). Motivations were assessed using the Motivations of Marathoners Scales (MOMS) that includes nine internally consistent scales measuring motives for running a marathon. Older runners reported being more motivated by a general health orientation, weight concern, life meaning, and affiliation with other runners. Younger runners were more motivated by personal goal achievement. Older and younger runners train approximately equal miles and hours per week. However, older runners train more months prior to the race, and had completed more previous marathons than younger runners. Younger runners who had completed previous marathons had significantly lower best times than older runners.


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