Trail running : exploring South Africa’s serious leisure economy

Show simple item record McEwan, Lynsey McKay, Tracey Melissa, Baker 2021-03-01T14:34:27Z 2021-03-01T14:34:27Z 2020
dc.description.abstract A health-conscious mindset has grown rapidly among South African middle-class consumers. This can be seen by their embrace of sports watches, reward-based programmes, and participation in organised leisure activities such as cycling and running. Within this context, trail running is becoming increasingly popular; however, research on the nature of trail running in South Africa is limited. A theoretical understanding of the relationship that participants have with trail running, specifically the applicability of the serious leisure framework, could provide valuable insights into this emerging market. This study incorporated an exploratory case-study design. Quantitative data was collected using purposive sampling and an online survey to determine if trail runners undertook the activity as leisure careerists or not. The level of seriousness of respondents was measured using the six characteristics of serious leisure as defined in the Serious Leisure Inventory Measure (SLIM). The main findings were that many trail runners meet all six of the characteristics of serious leisure. ‘Perseverance’ and ‘Career’ followed by ‘Effort’ and ‘Identity’ were the most important factors to the trail runners. Motives of ‘Fun’ and ‘Sense of achievement’ were more important than ‘Fitness’ or ‘Social factors’, however. ‘Sense of achievement’ and ‘Social’ correlated the most strongly with respondents’ overall level of seriousness in the sport. Income impacted on motivations, however, with wealthier people more likely to report that they participated for Fun. In terms of gender, women were more likely to report that trail running boosted their self-image. In addition, trail running forms part of the serious leisure economy, as participants are prepared to spend substantial sums of money on related equipment and participation in events. This study provides valuable insights for marketing and design of trail-running events and contributes to the gap in the literature on serious leisure in South Africa. en_ZA
dc.description.department Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian pm2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation McEwan, L., McKay, T. & Baker, M. (2020). Trail Running: Exploring South Africa’s Serious Leisure Economy. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, 9(6):1027-1043. DOI: en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2223-814X (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.46222/ajhtl.19770720-66
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Africa Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020 AJHTL /Author/s- Open Access-Online@http// en_ZA
dc.subject Trail running en_ZA
dc.subject Serious leisure en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Serious leisure inventory measure (SLIM) en_ZA
dc.title Trail running : exploring South Africa’s serious leisure economy en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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