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

Race Incentive Fundraising Success

Thanks to Bona Italian and all of you!

We are pleased to have raised $869 for our Race Incentive Program. We also congratulate our raffle gift basket winner as well!

Race Incentive Program

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 an Race Incentive.

  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. Race Incentives are granted regardless of a member’s financial need.

  5. Member’s should visit our Members-Only Site, and complete the Race Incentive Application.

  6. It is suggested that members apply for Incentive 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Currently the Race Incentive Committee is composed of the Vice-President, Treasurer & Triathlon Coordinator. The decisions of the Race Incentive Committee are final.

**Although not a requirement, it is strongly encouraged that Race Incentive 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

Galleria Mall

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

Sunday at 6:00 PM

3,4,or 6 mile Run or Walk

Pride Center, Wilton Manors

What's Coming Up

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

Annual Banquet and Awards

Saturday, May 7th, 6PM

Island City Park Preserve

Catering by Lotus Chinese Kitchen

Complimentary Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks

BYOB encouraged if you desire a cocktail.

Smart Attire Preferred


Member Admission $30

Non-Member Admission $40

FRWFL Island City Canoe Race Team

Saturday, May 21st 10am-Noon.

Join the FRWFL team. We will compete in a 7 mile relay race around the City of Wilton Manors and exchange at points throughout the Island City and Middle River. Canoes, life-jackets and paddles will be provided. Join as Wilton Manor's celebrates it's Anniversary. There is also a free BBQ after for all participants.

Be among the 10 allotted members. Register & Pay $16 Here.

Dining News

To Celebrate our Sunday move to Wilton Drive we've added Hamburger Mary's to our rotation

Members receive a 10% discount when dining with the group.

Please email your suggestions to our Dining Coordinator, Pasco.

**IMPORTANT NOTICE** Change of Meetup Location

Saturday Morning and Sunday Evening Meetups Flip Locations

As an experiment, the Board has decided that for the month of April:

Saturday 7:30AM Run/Walk will be at Galleria Mall

Sunday 6PM Run/Walk will be at the Pride Center

We believe our members will enjoy the opportunity to run/walk the beach in the morning sun and that many members will take the opportunity to walk over to Wilton Drive after the Sunday Run/Walk.

*Due to the Air & Sea Show the Sat, April 30th 7:30AM will meet at Holiday Park NOT at Galleria.

Check out our Re-Vamped Shopping Page

See it at

Here you can buy an additional running shirt from our past stock. There is also a link to our Cafe Press shop that does printing on demand for many products with our FRWFL logo.

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