Everyone can be a winner: The benefits of competing in organized races for recreational runners

Marzena Cypryańska-Nezlek , John B. Nezlek


Participants in the study were 404 recreational runners. At the end of each week for three months they used an online diary to describe their psychological well-being for the week (a total of 4046 weeks), and they indicated if they had participated in an organized race each week (a total of 1111 races). Multilevel modeling analyses (weeks nested within persons) found that well-being, defined in terms of self-esteem, self-efficacy, life satisfaction, positive affect, and depressed affect, was higher during weeks in which participants had run in an organized race than it was during weeks in which they had not run in an organized race. Moreover, well-being was positively related to self-evaluations of performance in races. For recreational runners, finishing an organized race may represent the achievement of a goal, an achievement that increases well-being and may help maintain or increase the motivation to keep running.
Author Marzena Cypryańska-Nezlek (Wydział Psychologii w Warszawie)
Marzena Cypryańska-Nezlek,,
- Wydział Psychologii w Warszawie
, John B. Nezlek (Wydział Psychologii i Prawa w Poznaniu)
John B. Nezlek,,
- Wydział Psychologii i Prawa w Poznaniu
Journal seriesJournal of Positive Psychology, ISSN 1743-9760, e-ISSN 1743-9779, (N/A 100 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishGoal attainment; positive and negative well-being; self-efficacy; sports
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17439760.2018.1557244
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)100
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.874; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.594 (2) - 2017=3.219 (5)
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