Front Runners & Walkers

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale's Premier LGBTQ Running and Walking Club

Couch to 5K New Runner Training Ongoing from Feb 14th to April 20th

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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 5:00 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

Training Club Workout

Track/Speed/Relay Workout

Monday February 26,2024 @ 6:00PM

McNair Recreation Center 951 NW 27th Ave, Pompano Beach, FL 33069 

Join the Training Club gang at McNair Recreation Center in Pompano Beach for speed training on the park's athletics track. After warm ups, we will do alternating sprint and recovery laps on the track, plus some baton work. Speed training helps athletes improve their conditioning. Walkers are welcome too!


Florida AIDS WALK

Saturday, March 9th, 8:30AM

Fort Lauderdale Beach Park

1100 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Join our team here. Members see our discount code our Members Only Area. Be sure to wear your FRWFL club Shirts and meet in front of the public restrooms at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park at 8:30AM. We will take some team pics and at 10AM the walk kicks off. You'll want to raise some money by having friends donate. 

Can't be there but want to support the FRWFL AIDS Walk Team? You can donate here. 

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