Front Runners & Walkers

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale's Premier LGBTQ Running and Walking Club

Who We Are

Front Runners & Walkers Fort Lauderdale, is not only an LGBTQA friendly running and walking group, it also has a social component that provides a supportive environment for its membership.  The group offers activities designed for runners and walkers of all abilities. Although the group primarily has a LGBTQ membership we welcome people from all walks of life and see diversity as a strength. The club seeks to build bridges of belonging across south Florida's running & walking communities.

Member's Spotlight

Christie Henderson

In addition to being the subject of our MEMBER SPOTLIGHT, we are stoked to have Christie joining our Board of Directors as our Triathlon Coordinator. 

More about Christie in her own words:

My life has always been on a path of discovery. As time goes in the more enlightened I become with the world around me and understand what is about life to be Rich! Rich in living life, not money rich. 

Born and raised in New Zealand at 28, I migrated to Australia for 5 years then immigrated to America in 2001. Since then I’ve traveled the world with my career as a Marine Engineer.

From an early age I was always into sports....read all her story here.

IN THE NEWS

The Best Sports League & Best Sports Team in Broward County Goes to...

By Jason Parsley,


OutSFL, 8 December 2023

The Front Runners organization started in San Francisco in 1974 as a jogging class. In 1978, they adopted the name Front Runners after Patricia Nell Warren's 1974 novel The Front Runner, about a gay track coach and a gay runner. Today there are running clubs all over the world including Fort Lauderdale.


As the name suggests the organization is about running and walking, but as Eric Runyan, president of the club, says, it's really about celebrating everyone.


“The comment that I hear most often from our visitors and members is how welcoming, and friendly we are for a sports organization,” Runyan said. “While we offer opportunities and push our participants to excel and be more fit, we celebrate everyone's efforts, whether they place first in a major race or simply attend and walk at our meetup on a regular basis.”


The group meets regularly three times a week on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Holiday Park; Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Galleria Mall; and Sundays at 5 p.m. at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors.


“We are truly a diverse sporting community that brings together people from across the LGBTQ spectrum and our allies,” Runyan said.


Youth Race Grants

In order to promote the sport of running, racing and general health among LGBTQ Young Adults (18-22) who are residents of Broward County Florida, Front Runners & Walkers Fort Lauderdale is offering a limited number of Race Grants worth up to $50 to pay whole or in part for races in Broward CountyJump to our Race Grants page to apply.

Where To Find Us

Join us for a run or walk.

Wednesday at 7PM

3, 4  or 6 mile Run or Walk

Holiday Park (Between the Gymnasium and the Football Fields), Fort Lauderdale

Saturday at 7:30 AM

3, 4 or 6 mile Run or Walk

Galleria Mall 

Meet behind the Bank of America, west end of the mall, Fort Lauderdale


Sunday at 6:00 PM

3, 4 or 6 mile Run or Walk

Pride Center, Wilton Manors


 What's Coming Up

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Strava Challenges Grand Prize Contest

Strava is an app that can run on your phone or smartwatch to track your runs, walks and other athletic activities. If you use another tracker app, most will sync to the Strava Platform. Each month a "Challenge" is issued for Running and one for Walking. We also encourage other club members by giving them "kudos" for their workouts. At the 2024 Annual Banquet will will have a Strava Challenges Grand Prize Drawing. Here is how you participate: 

Don't miss a kilometer! See our Strava Page for all the details

Global Running Day

Wed, June 5th, Holiday Park - Run, Walk, Tailgate Party & Virtual 5K

To celebrate this international day of running we will offer a free potluck dinner in the park immediately after the our run/walk. Tell us what picnic style food item you can bring      You may want to see what others are bringing first.

Be a part of running celebration by joining the New York Road Runners Free Virtual 5K and completing it before the tailgate party! Join here 

Night Runners WPB

PRIDE 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, June 8, 4:30PM Carpool from Pride Center, 6:30PM Race

Waterfront Landing, 109 S Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach

Let's celebrate Pride Month with the Font Runners Club in West Palm. Members see our discount code our Members Only Area. Register and join our team

The weather is heating up! 

Dash, Splash & Dine Returns

Wed, May 22nd, 8:15PM, Immediately following our Run/Walk

Home of Claudio & Steven

Each year, during the summer, at least once a month we have a brief pool party follow our Run/Walk. This is come as you are. The Club also provides a lite dinner and soft drinks as well. You can feel free to BYOB but it is not expected. I think there will also be carrot cake this month as it's Don's specialty. 


Trail Workout for Runner & Walkers

Thursday, May 30, 2024 @ 6:15pm

Hugh Taylor Birch Park

3109 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Meet on the lower road to the Cafe

FRWFL Training Club heads back to Birch for a May trail run!  Join us at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park as we diversify our running and walking with a run along the park's nature trails.  Following a stretch, we'll hit the dirt paths for a fun workout.

Save the date, Saturday, June 15th 

Stonewall Pride Pool Party, Festival and Parade.

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