September 2023 Report
August sees us welcome two new members to the FRWFL Race Season Hall of Fame. Say hello to Fnu Juwandinata and Michael Nendick! Both participated in the Iguana Man races on August 27 in Coconut Creek. Fnu participated in the 5K and finished 6th in his age division. Meanwhile, Michael tackled the 10K and came in an impressive 11th place overall. Joining them on the Iguana Run was Gabriel Ferwalt, who ran the 5K and finished in second place for his division. It's Gabriel's second race of the season.
Meanwhile, Craig Booth continues to tear up the asphalt in Asheville, North Carolina. Craig competed in two 10K races in August. First, he ran the Biltmore Forest 10K on August 12, finishing in third place in his division. Craig followed it up with the Asheville 10K on August 26.
Did we miss your race? Let us know here.
Our Spotify Spotlight for September is curated by our own social butterfly, Sal Lopez. Sal is a music fan and loves all types but for running, he's looking for tunes that move him. This selection reminds him of his college days and brings him happy memories, a good thing to get him through long runs.
Listen to Sal's playlist here.
This month's #FRWFLFlashback highlights Michael Hall. Michael is a double dipper, being active with Front Runners in both Fort Lauderdale and New York. He's also a relative baby to running, taking it up seriously only in 2015. "I signed up for my first race, Philadelphia’s Broad Street run, which is 10 miles. I did the same race a second time in May 2016. Then in November, I did my first race in New York City. Running in the streets of New York was exciting. By the summer of 2016 I was running longer distances and decided to sign up for the Philadelphia Half Marathon in November 2016. It was so amazing to run through the streets of my hometown. In 2017 I started to run the 9 races so I could qualify to run the New York City Marathon in 2018. I ended up deferring to 2019. Because I was running so much I felt that I was ready to run a marathon in 2017 so I signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon. I trained really hard with the training program that Front Runners New York sets up. My first marathon was a huge success. I finished sub 4 hours with a time of 3:53:12."
Links to Learn From
Upcoming Race Calendar
FRWFL Hall of Fame 2023-2024
Race Season Results
Race Season Explainer
What is FRWFL Race Season?
This is a great place to start. Race Season is a new initiative to encourage members to participate in more organized races. Running and walking is at the core of what we do and we want to show off our club, our members and our accomplishments. And we all agree, more running and walking is a good thing. Race Season is underway now and will close with the date of our banquet in spring 2024.
The word “race” sounds very competitive: I am a slow poke or a walker. Is this program for me?
Absolutely! While we encourage competitive running, we recognize that this is not everyone’s style and this is OK. Whether you complete a marathon in under three hours or walk a 5K, the program is meant to be inclusive and open to all abilities, skill levels and speeds.
I have never participated in an organized event and am new to the sport.
No worries. The club is full of friendly people ready to help those just starting out on the runners’ journey. And race season will culminate at the Rainbow 5K 2024, which will feature the Couch to 5K program. There is plenty of time for you to get in on the fun.
Races are so expensive these days. Is there anything the club can do to help?
As a matter of fact, yes. We will continue to promote certain races as club races and these will be eligible for our Race Grants program, which can help cover part of your entry fees. Check out the Race Grant program at this link: https://www.frwfl.org/race-grants. Also, club members are also eligible for discounts to certain area races. Check out the race calendar in the member's only area of FRWFL.org.
OK, I’m in. I guess I need to do something to participate?
Yes, but just the bare minimum! We have created a link (FRWFL Race Season Submission) that we ask all members to complete before (or after) each organized event in which they participate. It’s a questionnaire with five questions: name, race name, race location, race distance and date. That’s it. Once submitted, we will take it from there. We’ll scour the internet for your results and collect the data. Again, it’s one form per race and races since May 1, 2023 are eligible for submission.
What happens after my race?
We will celebrate you and your accomplishment. We will give you a shout out at the weekly runs, post on our social media and your results will live forever in a special section of our website, the FRWFL Hall of Fame. Plus, we will recognize everyone at the 2024 banquet. We will give awards to the fastest runners in various categories. And everyone who completes an organized race will be entered into a drawing to win a prize for each distance (5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon). Fast or slow, everyone has a shot to win! Awards will also be presented for runners that go above and beyond (think, furthest distance traveled to a race, most races, etc.).
The office of the race coordinator will send a monthly e-mail, with information on upcoming races, shout outs, training tips and more. And we’re open to suggestions, including recommendations for our monthly Training Club outings.
Is there any fine print?
Of course. To qualify for awards, members will need to have been a paid member at the time of race completion and also at the time of the 2024 banquet. Only organized races count: we love that you run or walk every day but those daily sessions in your neighborhood or our weekly runs won’t be eligible for the program.