The study aims to analyze sociocultural aspects of the practice of trail running and how these relate to the performance of amateur athletes. We used a qualitative perspective to observe the participants, as well as field-notes. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with amateur athletes of regional prominence. Data were processed considering content analysis. For those under investigation, trail running, besides relieving daily drudgery, is seen as a setting which enables personal development and social interaction. We conclude that elements of a non-biological nature connected to a practice routine must be considered when planning said practice, since they seem to create impacts on athlete performance.
Endurance; Training; Performance; Qualitative study