Impact of the Behobia-San Sebastián Race on Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

Alazne Mujika Alberdi

Iñaki García Arrizabalaga

Juan José Gibaja Martíns

*Corresponding author: Alazne Mujika Alberdi

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Mujika Alberdi, A., García Arrizabalaga, I., & Gibaja Martíns, J. J. (2018). Impact of the Behobia-San Sebastián Race on Promoting Healthy Lifestyles. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 131, 34-48.



This research is designed find out to what extent runners in a long-distance race adopt healthy lifestyles as a result of their participation in the event. The race chosen was the Behobia-San Sebastián which has more than 30 000 participants and is well established among fun runners. The hypothesis is that the runners’ participation favourably impacts their self-perception of health and changes in their lifestyles. To test it, a questionnaire was administered to 8115 Guipuzcoans registered for the 50th edition of the race. The results indicate that among these runners self-perception of health improves and that the participants take greater care of their diet and smoke and drink alcohol less. It can be concluded that the Behobia-San Sebastián Race is a driving force for sustainable change in the lifestyle of its participants as well as a contributing factor towards greater and better health.

Keywords: Drinking Alcohol, Healthy Eating, Healthy Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Self-Perception of Health, Smoking.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: March 22, 0216

Accepted: October 26, 2016

Published: January 01, 2018