‘Running’ up the score? the application of the anti-blowout thesis in footraces

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To date, scholars have side-stepped examining the applicability of the Anti-Blowout thesis in parallel sports. This essay is an attempt to test this construct in the context of endurance footraces. After a review of the central tenets of Dixon’s definition of the Anti-Blowout thesis, I will provide a sketch of what blowouts look like in footraces including a description of a secured victory and the subsequent creation of a wide margin of victory. Conclusions suggest that opportunities do exist for runners to malevolently run others into the ground, although efforts to remedy such actions are challenging due to the structure of the footrace practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-282
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of the Philosophy of Sport
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 3 2020

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  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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