Although the number of vegetarians and vegans worldwide is increasing, it is difficult to find a group of vegetarian and vegan athletes taking part in the same competition to provide a sufficiently large sample for a study.
The proportion of racing cyclists who are vegetarians and vegans is still very small. However the proportion of runners who are vegetarian and vegan is several times greater (“Everybody runs!!), so the broad appeal of running as a sport and the large number of keen runners would seem to form the basis for a large sample.
The aim of this comparative study of running is to investigate and compare the endurance of omnivores, vegetarians and vegans. The first stage of the NURMI Study will therefore examine epidemiological aspects (e.g. age, sex and breakdown of omnivorous, vegetarian and vegan runners at running events), then the second and third stages will investigate the link between diet and running ability.
However a large sample of participants is needed in order to produce representative results and scientific evidence.
By publicizing the NURMI Study we hope to find at least 1,500 runners, i.e. 500 omnivores, 500 vegetarians and 500 vegans.
Well, we’re allowed to dream!
However the NURMI team has sets itself the high target of 10,000 participants, which will provide a particularly meaningful sample – but we didn’t pluck this figure out of the air!
A 1997 US running study, the National Runners’ Health Study, managed to find an incredible sample of 9,242 runners as far back as 17 years ago.
It is this sort of impressive figure that we are aiming for.
With keen runners from all over Europe participating in the NURMI Study we can, all of us together, reach for the stars (science). Together with all of you we should like to try to reach this target of a huge sample for the NURMI Study.
NURMI – Be part of it!
Therefore we are inviting ALL runners (both male and female, any distance) to take part in what is probably the most important study of running ever so that together we can really achieve something. If you would like to take part in the NURMI Study and thus make an important contribution to your sport, please register at email@example.com.
You can also help us to reach the target of 10,000 participants by mentioning NURMI as often as possible, wherever you are, to as many runners as possible, including by liking and following it and retweeting and forwarding messages. Thank you, and put your best foot forward!