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 vaccines.gov 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 floridahealthcovid19.gov/testing-sites/

  • 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


New! FRWFL Race Scholarship Trial

The Board of Directors has decided to run a trial Race Scholarship Program for the remainder of 2021. The fund will be replenished by fundraising, primarily by restaurants that offer a percentage of their receipts back to FRWFL on a designated evening.

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 a scholarship.

  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. Member’s should visit our Members-Only Site, complete the Scholarship Application and be asked to confirm that financial assistance would enable their participation.

  5. It is suggested that members apply for scholarship 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Currently the Scholarship Committee is composed of the Vice-President, Treasurer & Triathlon Coordinator. The decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final.

**Although not a requirement, it is strongly encouraged that scholarship recipients wear their FRWFL Club Shirts at the race and take and post photographs in their club shirts on social media. Thanks.


IN THE NEWS


Front Runners & Walkers Mark 30th Year with Party

Submitted by Front Runners & Walkers Fort Lauderdale

Front Runners & Walkers Fort Lauderdale (FRWFL) is celebrating their 30th year in Broward County. To mark the occasion, they are hosting a free community celebration at the Stonewall Museum on Wilton Drive on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 7 to 9 PM. No RSVP is necessary to come enjoy wine, beer and hot hors d’oeuvres. Club memorabilia as well as video and photos will be displayed.

In 1974 Lavender U was formed in San Francisco to provide a setting for gays and lesbians to participate in track and field events especially running. That same year Patricia Neal Warren published The Front Runner, a groundbreaking novel about gay love in the sports world. In honor of this book Lavender U was renamed The San Francisco Front Runners. A signed, first edition of the book will be on display at the museum. Read the entire article

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

Pride Center, Wilton Manors

Sunday at 5:00 PM

3,4,or 6 mile Run or Walk

Galleria Mall

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

What's Coming Up

Flanigan's Rockin' Rib Run 10k


LAST CALL, only 100 spots remaining!


Join us for this Team FRWFL Event. Runners and volunteers will meet at the Pride Center on Sunday, Nov 21st for a 5AM SHARP! departure. We will carpool together to There will be free Ribs & Beer for everyone after the race. This is a fun event and a great chance to introduce our club to the Broward Running community.


We need volunteers for the water station SIGN-UP HERE


Register for the race HERE

Holiday Soiree 2021

Get your tickets today!!

Saturday, December 4th, 6-9:30PM

Island City Park Preserve

823 NE 28th St, Wilton Manors, FL 33334

After a year hiatus for Covid our spectacular Holiday Party & Dinner returns. The price is $25 for Members and $35 for Non-Members and features delicious catering and complementary wine, beer and soft drinks.

Please purchase your tickets today to help us plan for this great event.

Pride Fort Lauderdale

Parade & 2-Day Festival

Parade - November 20, 11am (9:30 AM Queue up)

Festival - November 20 & 21, Noon to 9PM

Fort Lauderdale Beach Park

See all the events here.


Did you miss your chance to march in a parade this year due the unfortunate events at Stonewall this year? Fear not, FRWFL will be marching in the Pride Fort Lauderdale Parade along A1A on Nov. 20.

We also will have a booth in the 2-Day Pride Festival at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park Nov 20 and 21. We need many volunteers to staff our booth to inform the LGBTQ community about our club. Volunteer here.

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