Front Runners & Walkers

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale's Premier LGBTQ Running and Walking Club

COVID-19 Update (8/2/2021) Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday Meetups have resumed...

In light of the increasing COVID-19 positivity rate in South Florida driven largely by the Delta variant, and in line with recent CDC advice the FWRFL Board of Directors urges the following:

  • If you are not fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 please speak with your physician or visit to find the nearest provider. Then follow through with your immunization.

  • If you are not fully vaccinated please consider delaying your return to FRWFL activities until you are immunized for the sake of our members and attendees.

  • If you feel unwell or think you might have been exposed to COVID-19 please do not attend. Testing is widely available visit

  • We urge those who attend our activities to again be mindful of the social distancing conventions which of late we have relaxed. Consider fist bumps rather than hugs. Although masks are not currently required at our outdoor meet-ups, no one should feel hesitant to wear one should they see fit to do so.

  • Until further notice we will only schedule restaurants for our post-run/walk dining that offer outdoor seating. We advise members that opt to dine together to consider their health factors and only choose outdoor seating.

  • We respect everyone's decision to look after the health of themselves and their loved ones. If you choose not to attend we will miss you but respect your choice.

Who We Are

Front Runners and Walkers of Fort Lauderdale, besides being a running and walking group, also offers a social component that provides a supportive environment for its membership. The group offers activities particularly designed for runners, but not exclusively for, the LGBTQ membership. The club welcomes people from all walks of life. Visitors are always welcome to join us.

Member's Spotlight and News

Race Scholarship Recipient & First Time Racer Crushes St Pete Half Marathon

Ivan Tkachenko

"So, I survived my first half marathon and enjoyed so much that I thought I would share my story. I finished my FIRST half-marathon with time 01:42:26 and pace 07:49, age group 19th and gender 93rd place."

What a great stories, please check successful stories to know more

New! FRWFL Race Scholarship Trial

The Board of Directors has decided to run a trial Race Scholarship Program. The fund will be replenished by fundraising, primarily by restaurants that offer a percentage of their receipts back to FRWFL on a designated evening.

FRWFL wants to encourage all members to participate in designated club races regardless of financial ability.

  1. Applicants must be paid members and have been so for 3 months prior to applying for a scholarship.

  2. For 2021 each member may be eligible for a total of $150 in grants depending on the availability of funds.

  3. For each race a member may receive a 50% grant of the early-bird registration fee.

  4. Member’s should visit our Members-Only Site, complete the Scholarship Application and be asked to confirm that financial assistance would enable their participation.

  5. It is suggested that members apply for scholarship funds before registering for a race, although this is not necessary. It is however required that members apply for funds for a race before the race has occurred. If approved, the member has until two weeks following the date of the race to submit the receipt.

  6. Decisions will be made within seven days of submission. If approved, the member must register and pay for the full fee. It is also recommended that members make use of the FRWFL discount code when registering.

  7. After paying for the race, member’s should return to the Members-Only Site within two weeks to provide proof of payment using the Proof of Payment Form. Reimbursement will be sent within 7 days.

  8. Currently the Scholarship Committee is composed of the Vice-President, Treasurer & Triathlon Coordinator. The decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final.

**Although not a requirement, it is strongly encouraged that scholarship recipients wear their FRWFL Club Shirts at the race and take and post photographs in their club shirts on social media. Thanks.



Best Sport Team - FRWFL ties with Pub Riptide

Thanks to all our members and friends that voted for us.

There’s a special tie for this one: Front Runners & Walkers Fort Lauderdale and The Pub Riptide tied for Best Sports Team.

This would be the third time The Pub Riptide has won this category.

“Our team would like to thank all of South Florida for selecting us best sports team in 2021 again for the third straight year,” said Coach Rob Gallagher. “While winning is an important aspect of our game, building friendships is what matters most.”

Front Runners is a running and walking group offering a supportive environment for members, welcoming LGBT people from all areas of life.

“We are a team built on individual accomplishments, but we truly encourage each other and celebrate each other's efforts and victories,” said Eric Runyan, the organization’s president. “We are a family that encourages excellence but prizes progress.”

Runner-up: Hunter’s Hurricanes

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

Pride Center, Wilton Manors

Sunday at 5:00 PM

3,4,or 6 mile Run or Walk

Galleria Mall

Meet in the open parking lot behind Powerhouse Gym, Fort Lauderdale

What's Coming Up

Looking for this month's social? Jump to our Social Page

Race Scholarship Fundraiser

California Pizza Kitchen, 2301 N. Federal Hwy

Wednesday, January 19th after the Run/Walk and all day.

You can participate in this fundraiser by dine-in or take-out. To place your order visit California Pizza Kitchen's online order website. Use the promo code of "BACK20%" and 20% of your meal’s price will be donated back to Front Runners & Walkers Fort Lauderdale. PLEASE RSVP HERE and SPREAD THE WORD ON SOCIAL MEDIA

DASH, SPLASH & DINE - Winter Edition

Wed, January 26th, after the Run/Walk

729 NE 19th Ave

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304

Bring your bathing suit for a cool off swim in Doug Bond's heated pool and enjoy a lite dinner provided by the club and our host, Doug Bonds. Feel free to bring an adult beverage if you like. Soft drinks will be provided.

*Important Parking Note - Please use street-side parking at the nearby intersection of NE 9 Pl & NE 19 Ave behind Gateway Theater

Join our next designated Club Race!

Scholarship Eligible for Members

Publix A1A Marathon, Half & 5K

Friday, Feb 18th - Health & Fitness Expo, 3-8PM

Saturday, Feb 19th - 5K, 7:30AM - Health & Fitness Expo, 3-8PM

Sunday, Feb 20th - Marathon, Half and Water-Stop, 5:50AM

Although our next Club Race is not until mid-February, because it is such an important event, we wanted our members and friends to start thinking about how they will be involved. If you will be participating in one of the races and are a paid member you might want to consider applying for a FRWFL Race Scholarship in our members-only area. Check our members-only area for the race discount code and then register for your race. We will also have some special training opportunities coming up shortly to get you ready.

Volunteer Opportunities

We will have a booth at the Health & Fitness Expo (Packet Pickup) and need volunteers to staff the booth on Friday & Saturday (1/18 & 1/19). Especially if you are doing the marathon or half on Sunday and will be unable to help with the water-stop please volunteer here for the Expo Booth.

We always assist with the water-stop for the marathon and we will need at least 25 volunteers for this alone. Please volunteer here.

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