Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


Wayne Major


Being fearful or concern for one’s safety is not normally associated with running. (Crawford, Jackson and Godbey 1991; Mannell and Kleiber 1997) have explored how fears and coping behavior affect leisure experience. In addition, research examining women’s perceptions of leisure have contributed insights into how women experience fear in leisure settings and how these fears affect their leisure experience (Henderson 1996; Henderson and Bialeschki 1993; Whyte and Shaw 1994). There has been research exploring the relationship between women, adventure activities and meaning (Little 2002), and, women, fear and solo hiking experience, (Coble, Selin and Erickson 2003). Despite this research, no research has explored the relationship between women runners and fear, in the context of leisure.