Tracey McKay's research while affiliated with University of South Africa and other places

Publications (5)

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The Parkrun, a community-based, shared leisure-time activity, allows people to come together to run, jog or walk, and interact socially, in park-like surroundings. Although the Parkrun started with only 13 participants in 2004, at Bushy Park, London, United Kingdom, it is now staged in 23 countries across the world, making it is a global ‘social mo...
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It is estimated that by 2050 as many as five billion bicycles could be in use globally. Reasons for this growth vary, with utility cycling strong in Europe and Asia; while in the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand cycling is a sport and leisure activity, with cycling deemed the ‘new golf’. Within this co...
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The Camino Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela is an institution that has been operative for more than 1200 years. The European summer months see hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, whether they be persons of faith, agnostics or even atheists, walking the different routes to the city of Santiago de Compostela in the north-west of Spain. To be offic...
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A health-conscious mindset has grown rapidly among South African middle-class consumers. This can be seen by their embrace of sports watches, reward-based programmes, and participation in organised leisure activities such as cycling and running. Within this context, trail running is becoming increasingly popular; however, research on the nature of...
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Between 2011 and 2016, South Africa witnessed a threefold increase in the number of official trail running events. Given South Africa’s historical love affair with ultra-long-distance road running, and with health and physical activity becoming increasingly important, such growth is not surprising. This growth reflects international sports trends,...

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... This includes recurrent 'parkruns' in local parks on Saturday mornings across the globe. Studies in the UK and South Africa show parkrun's inclusive, non-competitive nature and how running with others creates casual sociability and a local sense of place (de Vries et al., 2022;Hindley, 2020;Smith et al., 2021). This focus on sociability resonates with Larsen and Baerenholdt (2019) and Vink and Varró's (2021) studies of smaller running events in Denmark and the Netherlands. ...
... Subsequently, Gould, Moore, McGuire and Stebbins (2008) developed the Serious Leisure Inventory and Measure (SLIM) as an instrument to measure and evaluate serious leisure, using six characteristics, as follows: (1) Perseverance of participation despite constraints; (2) Committed effort to practise the activity and acquire skills; (3) Advancement through a career, marked by stages of achievement or involvement; (4) A unique ethos and social world (i.e. a subculture); (5) A social identity linked with the activity, which gives participants a sense of belonging; and (6) Durable benefits for participants, including selfesteem and self-image (see McEwan, McKay & Baker, 2020). As a tool, SLIM can build a picture of a serious leisure motivation and accrued benefits. ...
... Another goal of youth pilgrimages is World Youth Day (WYD) organized at prominent sanctuaries with the participation of the highest church hierarchs [89,90]. Many pilgrims travel in groups, but individual pilgrimages are still popular, for example, to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, similar to backpacking [91][92][93]. ...
... The importance of domestic tourism also consists in its ability to survive during times of uncertainty and external shocks, when international tourism is experiencing a downturn (Makhaola & Proches, 2017;Mutizira, 2021;Ndlovu et al., 2010). However, when domestic tourism in countries that rely heavily on international tourists is weak and unable to revive the tourism industry during uncertain times, the likely outcome is an economic depression and instability (Bayih & Singh, 2020b;McKay et al., 2019;Ndlovu et al., 2010;Woyo, 2021). This is why it is crucial for South Africa to take more decisive steps in the future in order to build a vibrant, profitable and sustainable domestic tourism market that will be able to survive during crises such that losses resulting from declining levels of international tourism would not be as severe as those suffered during the COVID-19 crisis. ...