Running together: The social capitals of a tourism running event

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This article discuss the types of social capital that are co-produced and consumed by a host of actors during a small-scale sport event called Etape Bornholm, a five-day tourism running event. We make a contribution to the literature on social capital in small-scale tourism sport events by developing the spatial dimensions of territoriality and mobility as a supplement to discussions of bridging and bonding. Through a qualitative investigation of local organisers, volunteers, runners, supporters and spectators, we show how four types of social capital are involved in making the event happen. The conclusion develops the metaphor of “running together” to conclude on the forms of social capital that are drawn upon and practised.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102788
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Running
  • Small-scale tourism sports events
  • Social capital
  • Social networks
  • Mobility

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