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

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

Stonewall Pride Pool Party & Glow Parade

Sat., June 15, 4PM, FRWFL & Friends Pool Party @ 301 NE 26 St Wilton Manors

Sat., June 15, 7:30PM, Glow Parade - Line up along Wilton Drive near Dairy Queen.

**Important Note - Those walking in the parade must purchase a $10 Ticket at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/stonewall/1100913 this will also gain you entrance to the festival as well. 

For the pool party parking is available at the elementary school across the street, but we encourage carpooling too. The club will provide food and soft drinks, and everyone is welcome. Feel free to BYOB if you'd like to enjoy something alcoholic.

Get ready for the parade by wearing your bathing suit, bringing a towel, dry shorts, and your FRWFL member shirt. At 6:30 PM, we'll leave the party and walk to Wilton Drive to collect our parade wristbands and line up. If you're joining us directly at the parade please arrive by 7:30 PM as the parade kicks off at 8 PM. We'll be handing out Smarties candy and inviting spectators to join us for our Juneteenth Run/Walk for Freedom & Diversity.

After Party: For those who want to keep the celebration going, we'll meet up at LIT Bar at the end of the parade route. Let's make it an unforgettable night!

Run/Walk for Freedom and Diversity

Wed., June 19th, Holiday Park Meetup

During the Stonewall Parade, we’ll be inviting our community and allies to join us on Juneteenth for a special walk or run. African-American voices have always been an integral part of the LGBTQ+ community. Celebrate and honor Black voices by joining us for a run or walk, followed by refreshments. Let's come together to show our support and unity! 🌈🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

Heat Safety Clinic

Wed., June 12th, 6:50PM, Just before our regular walk/run

Holiday Park Meetup Spot

Don Wennerstrom, owner of Running Wild (a club sponsor), accomplished runner and friend of FRWFL will give a brief talk on running safely and more comfortably during the these hot summer months. 

Nature Run/Walk in Dania Beach

Thursday, June 20th, 6:30PM

Sheridan Ocean Club Pool (just inside the gate)

1400 SE 7th Ave Dania, FL 33004

For June's FRWFL Training Club we will gather by the pool nearest the gate and run a short distance to Ann Kolb Nature Center on Sheridan. We'll explore the trails and boardwalk within the center. Afterward, we'll head back to Sheridan Ocean Club for a swim, followed by some delicious Chinese food. Join us for a fun and active day!


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