Have you ever wondered if running long distances is healthy? We invite you to participate in a research study that will answer this question. The study is called the Ultrarunners Longitudinal TRAcking (ULTRA) Study. You may participate in this study if you have completed at least one ultramarathon (50 K or longer). The main purpose of the study is to determine if high levels of exercise alter health risks compared with sedentary or moderately active lifestyles. This information is important so that we know if there are health benefits or risks from participating in ultra-endurance activities. If you are interested in participating, you will be asked to complete an initial web-based questionnaire that will take approximately 30 minutes. There will then be periodic follow-up questionnaires over the course of many years. The study is under the direction of Dr. Marty Hoffman. You may contact him to discuss the study at (916) 843-9027 or email@example.com. He is associated with the VA Northern California Health Care System.
If you would like to participate in the study, please go to the following link: https://stanfordmedicine.qualtrics.com/WRQualtricsSurveyEngine/?SID=SV_aY1e47DdzVRjHKI&RID=MLRP_2uaprhml4xqKRuY&_=1Or you may type into your browser: http://bit.ly/ULTRAStudy
Since you state "We" invite you ... does this mean that you are part of the administering group?
Just curious - My initial reaction was it sounded a bit interesting ... then I realized it would cost me an amount of time over the years and I selfishly thought "What's in it for me?"
Then I thought - Will it be a quality study or is a group going into it with pre-determined outcome in mind
Any way ... Since you are someone I know on the ambigous internet ... I would be more inclined to participate then if it were some random study.
Retired 1/1/13 ... Tired of being broken and fat ... New goal 12/29/15 - To be able to enjoy running 4-5 hours through the woods again in 2016.
Fair enough ... Should be of quality
This is not my study but that was the authors voice I think it is a good idea to look at a long term outcomes even if it takes me 15 minutes every couple of years. We could probably scrutinize the methodology but I figure it's a good effort and is being conducted by harvard university. Lastly this is similar to what I do for a living so I'm always interested in outcomes of clinical or other studies