School of Health Sciences
Kinesiology: Exercise Science
Cabalka, Renee A. Mrs., "Understanding Ultramarathoners: Identifying Markers of Success in Ultras Through an Objective Survey of Ultramarathoners" (2014). Senior Honors Theses. 539.
An ultramarathon (ultra) is defined as a race longer in time or distance than a marathon. Studies have been done to identify factors, which contribute to successful completion of other ultra endurance events. The purpose of this study was to determine factors that contribute to the successful completion of an ultramarathon by collecting data via an objective survey. The subjects of this survey were participants in the 2013 Mountain Masochist Trail Race (MMTR) 50 miler. The survey included factors such as gender, age, height, weight, body mass index (BMI), training age, and ultra experience. The survey data was collected and the characteristics of the finishers who completed the survey were compared to the characteristics of those who completed the survey, but did not finish the race.