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    Are you an elite athlete that has given birth? We want to hear from you! 

    Welcome to the first study of pregnancy with a truly elite female athlete population–regardless of sport.

    As a result of many conversations with fellow mother runner elite athletes we realized there is a dearth of information for elite athletes during pregnancy, which has to be one of the most important times of their lives and athletic careers.

    We focused the study on the questions that elite runners want answered. We believe the data being collected will be extremely helpful to current and future moms in our sport. This study is a chance for elite-mothers athletes everywhere to become a collective group banding together to share their experiences as elite athletes and motherhood.  We will be updating this page with the findings as soon as they are available. We will also be posting as much current relevant news and information we find.

    Your Sisters in Sport,

    Ro McGettigan-Dumas (Olympian) + Francine Darroch Phd.



    A research project has been initiated at the University of Ottawa in Canada. This project seeks to understand elite female distance runners and physical activity in pregnancy. The main research goals are to:

    1. Gain a better understanding of levels of physical activity before/during/after pregnancy among elite female distance runners  
    2. Determine how elite female distance runners relate to gestational physical activity and weight gain guidelines  
    3. Gain a clearer understanding of where elite female distance runners receive their advice on physical activity and weight gain during pregnancy and how they perceived these recommendations/advice 

    As part of this research, we are conducting an online questionnaire that can be completed at your leisure. The time commitment related to the questionnaire will likely not exceed 45mins. 



    You must have been pregnant and given birth within the past 5 years
    and achieved the following standards:

    1,500m: 4:29.42
    3,000m steeplechase: 10:48.89
    5,000m: 16:38.13
    10,000m: 35:06.22
    half-marathon: 1:12:59
    marathon: 2:46:00

    If you’re interested in participating, please complete our survey:




    If you have any further questions please feel free to contact the researchers:


    Audrey R. Giles, Ph.D
    Associate Professor                                          
    School of Human Kinetics                                
    University of Ottawa                                           
    1 613 562-5800 ext. 2988                                

    Francine Darroch, MEd, MPH, PhD (Cand.)   
    School of Human Kinetics
    University of Ottawa
    1 613 203-2002 

    Keep up to date on findings from this study and sharing informations on this subject by connecting with a community of mother-athletes on our private Facebook page: