Local Hospitals Looking for Female Boston Marathon Runners For a Study

There are a lot of parameters to qualify, but it could earn you $100.

Massachusetts General Hospital and Hartford Hospital are working on a study that will examine the effects of oral contraceptives on female runners. If you’re running the 119th Boston Marathon, are taking an estrogen-based oral contraceptive, and are traveling by plane to get to the race, then you may qualify—and earn yourself $100.

Note: This is not for the squeamish. It involves four blood draws. The first is prior to flying into the race (the flight must be more than four hours) at the nearest Quest Diagnostics; the second is at the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo on Sunday; the third is immediately after the marathon; and the fourth is after flying home.

In order to qualify you need to be:

  • Female
  • Running in the 2015 Boston Marathon
  • Age 21 or older
  • Currently taking an estrogen-based oral contraceptive
  • A non-smoker
  • No cardiovascular, metabolic and/or coagulatory (blood clotting) disease
  • Traveling by plane flight greater than four hours

For more information, contact Amanda Zaleski at 860-972-3454; amanda.zaleski@hhchealth.org