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.

2023-2024 Race Season Superlatives

Evan Richard

Highlights:  Fourteen events, including one marathon and six half marathons

Craig Booth

Highlights: Thirteen events, including four half marathons

Thomas Nguyen

Highlights: Gay Games 2023 medalist, plus two triathlons

Michael Nendick

Highlights: Nine events, including five half marathons and two triathlons


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.

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

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

Welcome Newest Board Member!

Ray Thrower, Member Relations

Few members are more tireless in welcoming newcomers to our meetups than Ray. In addition to continuing these efforts, Ray will also assist in promoting volunteerism and service to the Club. You can reach him at

 What's Coming Up

Bowling & Pizza Party

Sat. July 13th, 4pm

RSVP Highly Encouraged (To ensure adequate number of lanes)

Our bowling socials are an all-time favorite! For just $17.75, paid directly to the bowling alley upon arrival, you'll get shoe rental and two games of bowling. The Club will provide pizza, wings, and soft drinks. Even if you don't bowl, come out for the fellowship. Wear your club shirt to show your FRWFL pride, and feel free to bring a friend or potential member!

Dash, Splash & Dine

Wed, July 17th, 8:15PM, Immediately following our Run/Walk

Home of Don & Mark

1727 NE 27th Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33334

Each summer, we host a brief pool party at least once a month following our Run/Walk event. It's a casual, come-as-you-are gathering. The Club provides a light dinner and soft drinks, and while you're welcome to bring your own beverages, it's entirely optional.

Breakfast on the Beach

After the Saturday Beach Run/Walk

Sat., July 13th, 8:30AM

Ocean Rescue Tower 15

Don't forget your bathing suit and a towel for a quick dip and a light breakfast! The Club will be providing bagels with cream cheese, yogurt, and beverages. Feel free to bring any extra goodies you'd like to share. We'll be meeting at the first traffic light/crosswalk north of Sunrise by Ocean Rescue Tower #15. See you there!

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

Want to be in better shape? See what Training Club has in store this month.

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Preferred Dining

Brooklyn Water Bagel

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