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  • Dr. Jamie Blumentritt, PT, DPT

Addiction vs. Healthy Running


I personally find it interesting the percent of individuals who run ultras who are in recovery. I can only speak towards the ultra and trail running community in the MN/WI areas, but it seems like a really high percentage! I could not find any research on this topic, which makes me wish I had my PhD so I could do my own research (no, I am not going back to school…again).


When is running a cross-addiction vs. a healthy way to stay sober? First, let’s look at the DSM 5 diagnostic criteria for a Substance Use Disorder:


1. Taking the substance in larger amounts of for longer than you meant to