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Pride Run & Walk Emcee – Barb Snelgrove

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Pride Run & Walk Emcee – Barb Snelgrove

Barb Snelgrove has an extensive background in broadcasting (radio host, tv and print), public relations and as a social media strategist. Most recently, Barb was the Promotions Director at Roundhouse Radio 98.3 and is co-host of the annual national broadcast of the VPS Pride Parade on OUTtv.

Barb is also known online through an active following via various social media accounts under the moniker “megamouthmedia” and currently operates megamouthmedia consulting, a boutique media and branding company working with businesses and agencies seeking to engage the LGBTTQ2+ audience.

A second-generation Vancouverite with a deep love of the city, Barb has spent decades working to better her community; three terms as a member of the City of Vancouver LGBTTQ2+ Advisory Committee, VPD Diversity Advisory Committee, Positive Living BC’s Red Ribbon Advisory Panel, Van Pride Society, GLISA North America Outgames, Qmunity, AIDS Vancouver, DMS, InterPRIDE and The Gathering Place, are just a few of the many organizations and events that Barb has developed and/or assisted throughout the years.

In her role with the City’s Advisory Committee and currently as a member of the private sector, she was instrumental in the creation and development of a new City Park located within one of Vancouver’s queer districts and continues her involvement with that project as a member of the City of Vancouver Jim Deva Plaza Steering and Oversight Committee. Barb is also part of the scholarship selection panel for The LOUD Foundation which provides scholastic grants for LGBTQ+ students.

Snelgrove has been acknowledged for her many years of community advocacy, including a recent B.C. Broadcasting Award, Vancouver Pride Society Outstanding Community Member Award & pride parade Grand Marshal, TELUS Pride Legacy Award and previously named one of Outtv’s “Ten People To Watch”. Barb has also been recognized by the City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence and YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. Barb was inducted into the Canadian Q Hall of Fame alongside Jane Rule, Jack Layton and other queer advocates and allies in Toronto in 2013.

Barb has emcee’d scores of Vancouver community and corporate events and is proud to be returning to host the Vancouver Frontrunners Pride Run & Walk for the fourth time this July.

Pride Run & Walk Launch Party

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Come join the Vancouver Frontrunners as we swing into full gear getting ready for Pride Run & Walk to be held on July 22nd.

On June 16th at 3:00pm we’re hosting a little rendezvous at the Junction Pub on Davie Street for anyone interested in Pride Run & Walk. It’s a great way to meet participants, organizers, volunteers and partners. Pride Run is real community event that’s put on by the community for the community. We’ve also partnered with the Junction to provide you with a burger and beer combo for $15, which includes both tax and tip! We’re selling tickets in advance at Eventbrite. Get yours now at by clicking here.

See you on the patio!!

May Raise-A-Thon

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May Raise-A-Thon

One of the core objectives of Pride Run & Walk is to raise money for local charities and we feel that you should be rewarded for helping us to achieve that goal.

As such, we’ve decided that the individual who raises the most amount of money this month* will take home a $100 gift card to Cactus club and two tickets to see the Whitecaps playoff against Minnesota on July 28th which also happens to be Pride Night!

This prize is made possible by our generous sponsors, Whitecaps and Anshu Arora of Remax Central.

Where does the money go?

Good question! You can read up about our beneficiaries here: http://www.vancouverfrontrunners.org/priderun/fundraising/

*Competition is from May 1st 12:00am to May 31st 11:59pm. 2018, awarded to the participant with most amount of pledges via our RaceRoster registration system. Winner announced in July newsletter.

Vancouver Pride Society – A force to be reckoned with

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Vancouver Pride Society – A force to be reckoned with

For a few years now we have partnered with the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) whose commitment, support and guidance has helped our event grow to the size it is. Immediately following Pride Run is the VPS’s ‘Pride Sports Day’ where LGBTQ2+ sports clubs from across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland come together to showcase and demonstrate their offerings.

Pride Sports Day also has interactions from some of the bigger names in the industry, like Whitecaps and the Canucks. Second Beach Park is transformed into a field of activities for people of all ages and abilities along with a lineup of Food Trucks to keep you going and a Beer Garden to enjoy an adult beverage.

Pride Run & Walk together with Pride Sports Day is the perfect kick off to the Pride Season helping you get energized for everything that’s about the follow this season!

Vancouver Sun Run

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Oh what a glorious day for a run! The Vancouver Frontrunners team joined over 41,000 others at the most beautiful Vancouver Sun Run in recent memory. We recorded multiple personal bests, a few first Sun Runs, and NO injuries. We also got to splash our logo on the back of this year’s fashionable green and grey technical tees, so people will be seeing us around town all summer. We’d like to offer our thanks to everyone who came out the night before, the brunch after, cheered us on throughout the course, took photos, and just gave it until it was gone. Special shout out to Rohan for being our team captain!

The night before the run a bunch of members and Sun Runners got together for pints and conversation at the Blarney Stone, and after, we had to stop in at Fountainhead for more of the same!

If you missed the Sun Run, but you want to gear up for the Pride Run and Walk, we are offering a FREE 10 week learn to run program starting May 12th. You can sign up here.

Vancouver Frontrunners in the Community

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Two past presidents (Rohan and Jag) and our current president Christopher represented us at Out in Schools/Out on Screen’s annual Out for Breakfast fundraiser. We have supported Out in Schools through Pride Run and Walk and related fundraising for many years because of the great work they do to support youth, raise awareness, and build community in Vancouver and throughout BC. To donate or learn more about their mission, click here.

Rohan, Jag, and Christopher, looking sharp

Snowshoeing Social 2018

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Snowshoeing Social 2018

Did you hear the one about the Vancouver Frontrunners who went up to Mount Seymour and snowshoed 6km?

More of a candid group shot, trees behind

Admittedly, it wasn’t very funny, but it was a great time for all fourteen hearty souls who made it out. Fresh snow and glimpses of blue sky showcased the best of one of our local mountains. Beer and camaraderie in Lonsdale Quay afterwards capped off a wonderful day. This snowshoeing thing might just become an annual tradition!

The crew posing on snow in front of blue sky

Cheese!

Several snowshoers hiking down between trees over soft snow

Pride Run & Walk Donations – Lofty Goal, Great Results!

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Thank you to the nearly 40 friends who came to celebrate our club and to present cheques to LOUD and Out in Schools representing our awesome Pride Run efforts! We are proud to say that over $14,000 went to the two organizations: $8,466.22 to Out in Schools and $6,352.47 to LOUD.

Last year, the amount was just over $13,200 and this year, we had an ambitious goal for $20,000. Whilst a little off from our goal, this is an impressive amount for a volunteer-led and -organized event from a community sports club.

We obviously couldn’t have done it without the tremendous support and assistance from the Vancouver Pride Society and we are forever thankful for their continued partnership. We are also thankful for the online reach, word of mouth, support, and gratitude that both LOUD and Out in Schools have provided us.

Pride Run Partner – Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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Amazing to see Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Pride Sports Day and to have their support for #VanPrideRun. Two great prizes of Whitecaps Club Seats to a game for 4 people went to two lucky individuals.

And, remember, we have 40 tickets reserved for Whitecaps FC Pride Night: ‘Caps vs. Houston Dynamo. Would be great to see as many as possible sign up. This is a great social event.

Tickets can be found here: https://goo.gl/dpuec1