Isabelle Voldahl, Department of Psychology, Eastern Michigan University

You have been asked to participate in a research study which is exempt from review by a Human Subjects Review Committee. The purpose of this study is to understand why certain marathoners run faster and for longer periods of time without breaks compared to others. What’s being investigated is  whether the number of traumas that an individual has experienced in life acts as a motivator. In order to participate, you must have participated in at least one 26.2 mile long marathon event. Potential risks of running a distance this long includes physical injuries whereas benefits include improved strength/cardiovascular fitness and improved mental resilience. You must fully understand these terms before you sign this form and give your consent to participate.

Participation in research is entirely voluntary. You may refuse to participate or withdraw from participation at any time without jeopardy to future medical care, education or employment status or other entitlement.

The investigator may withdraw you from participation at his/her professional discretion.

If, during this study, significant new information which has been developed during the study becomes available, which may relate to your willingness to continue to participate, this information will be provided to you by the investigator.

Any information derived from this research project which personally identifies you will not be voluntarily released or disclosed without your separate consent, except as specifically required by law.

If at any time you have questions regarding the research or your participation in it, you should contact the investigator who must answer your questions through the email ivoldahl@emich.edu.

If, at any time, you have comments or complaints relating to the conduct of this research or if you wish to discuss your rights as a research subject, you may contact the Human Research Administration at Eastern Michigan University.

Please know that if you are currently dealing with trauma and wish to seek help, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available 24/7 via the phone number 9-8-8.

You should be given a copy of this consent form for your records.


Isabelle Voldahl
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Signature of Investigator                                             Date: 11/13/2022

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* 1. By continuing this study, I understand that I'm required to have run at least one full-length, 26.2 mile long marathon and I must be age 18 or older.

I consent to participate in this study. Please provide an electronic signature and the date in the textbox below.

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* 2. Would you say that you have ever experienced trauma during your life? Trauma is defined as a deeply depressing or disturbing experience.

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* 3. About how many significant traumatic events have you experienced?

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* 4. If you have experienced trauma, how would you rate your trauma on a scale of 1-10? (1 being the least severe, 10 being the most severe).

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* 5. What was your fastest marathon completion time and/or pace? If you remember, what was your numbered ranking and the total number of runners?

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* 6. How many times did you stop to walk/rest during this race for periods of time that lasted more than 1 minute?

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* 7. If you answered yes to experiencing trauma in your life, did this occur before running your fastest marathon?

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* 8. Why did you decide to run a marathon/more than one marathon?

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* 9. Do you enjoy running? If so, what do you enjoy about it?

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