My name Duncan Simpson and I am keen runner myself as well as a Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Barry University in the US. I was directed to your community by a runner who has completed the West Highland Way. Myself and colleagues from New Mexico State University and the University of Tennessee are currently conducting a research project on ultra-marathon running. It is a qualitative study examining "ultra-marathon runners' experiences of participating in such events". Therefore, the discussion topics are very open as everyone’s “experience” will be very different. Honestly, if it’s of importance to the runner then it’s of interest to me.
We are looking for participants willing to conduct a one-time interview between 30-60 minutes either in person (unlikely), over the phone, or via skype. For the purpose of research we are defining "ultra" as any running race of 50 miles / 80.47km or longer on road or trails. It is hoped that participation in this study will allow the participants to: (a) add their perspective to the limited body of research concerning ultra-marathon running and (b) bring deeper meaning and understanding to the participants’ ultra-marathon experience. We are seeking participants with a range of experiences so whether you have run one or multiple races (doesn't have to be the West Highland Way) I'd love to hear from you. Contact details below - email (email@example.com ) being the easiest and most convenient method!
Duncan Simpson Ph.D. CC-AASP
Sport and Exercise Psychology
School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences (HPLS)
11300 NE 2nd Avenue, HPLS Annex 102
Miami Shores, Florida 33161 USA
+ 305 899 4890 (office)