Title: Run and travel. The passion for 'running' and tourism in contemporary Argentina

Authors: Gastón Julián Gil

Addresses: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) – Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Centro de Estudios Sociales y de la Salud (CESyS), Funes 3350 Nivel +4 CUMB, 7600 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Abstract: The activity of running, as it is usually called by its enthusiastic and highly-engaged practitioners, constitutes not only a sport but also a lifestyle that is characterised by the adoption of a broad set of ethical and aesthetic precepts that transcend mere physical exercise. In Argentina, it entails a wide variety of experiences that, for certain types of 'serious' runners, serve to define such a lifestyle. In this paper it will be shown how trips are precisely one of those defining experiences, and how such trips demand an intense tourist planning to runners and their eventual companions.

Keywords: mobilities; ethnography; sport; events; road races; active leisure; lifestyle; emotions; identity; ritual.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTA.2022.128044

International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, 2022 Vol.9 No.1, pp.1 - 17

Accepted: 14 Jul 2022
Published online: 04 Jan 2023 *

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