The debate has been reignited again with the publishing of an article on irunfar by Ian Torrence, who very intelligently explores the use and clarification of drugs in ultra running. While I think we are far from the depths of some sports, it’s clearly a worthy debate to be had.
To that end, we’d like to run our own survey of attitudes to drug use in ultra running (scroll to the bottom to see the survey now).
Before we kick off, I think it’s really important to note the huge majority of us respect our fellow competitors and our own bodies too – drugs just simply aren’t an issue for us. But I think what also exists is a fair amount of ignorance on the topic. The rules are long and complicated with some substances banned in competition, but not out of competition.
One of the things that came out of Ian’s article was that further questions needed to be asked about drug use in our sport. Ian made a great start asking about PED use generally, but having commented on the article in question, it gave me an idea…
It’s a controversial one, but we would like to see if we could further extend Ian’s work and go a little deeper into drug use through our own survey. We’d like to build on what Ian has started and see if we can get some further depth and detail as to how prevalent (or not), drug use is in our sport.
An important point to make is that there are no hidden agendas here from myself or Ultra168. I’m doing this purely because the topic interests me greatly and because I’d like to understand in more detail where we sit. All information collect is strictly anonymous (bar the region you are from) and is not going to be used for any commercial gain whatsoever. All data will be made freely available to anyone who wishes to consume it.
We’re also only asking nine questions. But having consulted with a few people close to the topic, we want to strike a balance between making sure people can answer this survey in two minutes, but to also get some greater clarity on where we sit right now too with drugs in our sport.
Important to note is that this survey is only looking for ‘Yes / No’ answers – not opinion. Around the world, certain drugs such as marijuana are illegal or legal depending on where you are, so for this survey please ignore the criminal status of them, as well as your own personal opinion as to whether they should be made legal or not. We’d love to get as many responses as possible to make this as statistically viable as we can. So if you feel inclined, please do share this to your friends.
We’ll keep the survey open for as long as we need to and then write-up an analysis of the results once we feel confident there are good enough numbers to do so. You’ll see it embedded below in this post, just scroll through the questions.
We’d love to get as many responses as possible to make this as statistically viable as we can. So if you feel inclined, please do share this to your ultra running friends.
The survey is 100% ANNONYMOUS – No data collection at all.
Thank-you ever so much for your time and consideration.