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 all her story here.


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

Annual Awards Banquet & Couch to 5K Graduation

Saturday May 4th, 6pm

Hagen Park (Behind Police Station of Wilton Manors)

2020 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

We will have Race Season Awards, the Strava Grand Prize Challenges and Humorous Awards as always. Plus delicious Italian catering.

Complimentary wine and beer.

BYOB encouraged if you desire a cocktail

Smart Attire preferred 

We will have parking passes but we always recommend carpooling.

Please also put on your thinking caps for our Serious and Funny Awards presentations. You may nominate someone here .

Early Bird Ticket Prices until April 15th

$31 members | $41 non-members

Open the following link below to purchase your tickets (there are 2 options at the page: one for members and the other for non-members):

We want everyone to attend regardless of ability to pay. Please email Eric about reduced price tickets in exchange for banquet setup assistance.  

Race to Cure Sarcoma 5K

Our Couch to 5K Goal Race

Saturday, April 20th, 8AM for Club Pictures, 9PM Start

Las Olas Oceanside Park

Let's support our Couch to 5K Graduates as they complete their first 5K. You can find our discount code in our Members Only Area. Register and join our team. As a FRWFL Club Race this is eligible for our Race Incentive Grants

City Bikes Las Olas Triathlon

Sunday, April 14th

Las Olas Oceanside Park

Join our triathlon team for a Sprint, Olympic or Duathlon race. ou can find our discount code in our Members Only Area. Register and join our team. As a FRWFL Club Race this is eligible for our Race Incentive Grants

Night Runners WPB

PRIDE 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, June 8, 4:30PM Carpool from Pride Center, 6:30PM Race

Waterfront Landing, 109 S Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach

Let's celebrate Pride Month with the Font Runners Club in West Palm. Members see our discount code our Members Only Area. Register and join our team

Members-Only Pool Party/Potluck

Sunday, April 21st, 12 Noon to 4PM

Home of Larry Scott & Frank Zurek

2209 NW 3 AV Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Spend a day in the sun and pool with friends. Please take a look here at what others are bringing and then RSVP and let us know what you will provide. Although this is a members-only event, members may bring one non-member spouse or guest. Parking is available a very short walk away at Moss Construction, 2101 N Andrews Ave, Wilton Manors, FL 33311

Paddlers Needed

FRWFL Island City Canoe 

Race Team

Saturday, May 18th 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 $20 Here.

Hill Training for Runner & Walkers

Thursday, April 11, 2024 @ 6:15pm

Fort Lauderdale Airport Greenbelt

Enter at NW 10 St and Griffin Road in Dania Beach

Join us as we head for the hills!  Greenbelt Park provides a great training location for natural hill work (well, as much as South Florida can provide).  Enjoy the ups and downs and great views of the FLL airport runways for takeoff and landings.  Bring a shirt to change into for dinner following the workout at Waxy's Pub on 17th Street Causeway


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