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What a year it’s been!

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2018 marks Vancouver Frontrunners’ 35th year as a club, and we have been doing ALL THE THINGS to celebrate! In addition to our twice weekly regular runs, dinners, and brunches, we’ve made sure to see lots of each other out and about in the community. Check out our year in review below.

February
First Half Marathon
Snowshoe Hike
Long Run

March
St. Patrick’s Day 5K – we had a strong, beautiful team out for the St. Patrick’s Day 5k. Some may have come for the green beer.

People in green run clothes, funny hats, and fake mustaches.

Long Run

April
BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run
Four happy race finishers with medals and bibs.

Sun Run Pre-Social at The Blarney Stone
Vancouver Sun Run 10k
10 runners after a race, with red stadium seats in background.

Pride Run & Walk Pancake Run (5km or 15km) with Forerunners

May
BMO Pre-race Potluck at Mark’s
BMO Vancouver Marathon
May 12 – July 22 – Learn to Run
“Summer is Coming” BBQ at Chad’s, hosted by Chad and Tony
Long Run

June
STRUT Vancouver
Sizzle: Pride Run & Walk Launch BBQ
Car Free Day to Promote Pride Run & Walk
Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K

July
Shipyard Night Market
Ragnar Relay and Post-Event Brunch
Ragnar finishers with medals, including a woman.

 

Pride Run & Walk. Our Pride Run and Walk event was amazing again this year, raising $16,974 to split between our two charities of choice, Out In Schools and the Loud Foundation.
Person running toward camera, bridge in background, making peace signs with both hands, shirt says "born this gay.'

 

International Rainbow Memorial Run
Crowd in running gear with Rainbow Flags. Standing at a lower level with city in the background

 

Whitecaps FC Pride Night
Happy people in the stands at a sporting event
Long Run

August
Vancouver Pride Parade
Men in run kit marching in the Pride Parade

 

Gay Games in Paris
VQFF – Al Berto & Love Intersections
“Mind Set Go” Filming
Happy guy with glasses in foreground with film crew in background, on seawall.
Swim and Sunbathe at Kits Pool

September
Preventative Health Condom Packing Party with Health Initiative for Men
Men at a long table in a bar, intently focused on the task at hand.

35th Anniversary Party

September 14 we hosted our 35th anniversary party. We heard from members who were there at the beginning and some who’ve only joined recently. We were thrilled to present our donations to representatives from the LOUD Foundation and Out in Schools. There was a silly amateur drag competition, cake, and most importantly, the chance to catch up with people we maybe hadn’t seen in a while. To get in on some of the nostalgia, check out our retrospective slideshow.

 

AIDS WALK

 

And MORE!

Before the year’s out, there’s one last Grouse Grind, games night, movie night, Whistler 50, our AGM & holiday party, and more.

If this sounds like the most fun you can have in a two or three hour period, you are absolutely right. Vancouver Frontrunners is friendship and family (and running and beer). We care for each other deeply. Whether you’re an existing member, potential member, or an alumnus, you can get your 2019 membership here now, effective from October 1 through the end of 2019, for the ridiculously low price of $15.

That’s a wrap…

In case you weren’t able to make it, Pride Run & Walk 2018, held yesterday on July 22nd was another major successful year.

Mother nature made up for last year’s rain with clear skies and hot temperatures as 348 proud runners and walkers hit the sea wall pavement brighter than ever.

An army of volunteers helped make the park and course look amazing with an endless sea of smiles and rainbows and with the only glitch of the day being a faulty start line arch which was quickly remediated thanks to the creative minds of Christopher and Stephen.

Awards and Prizes were handed out to the top 3 finishers in 3 gender categories for 2 events (5km and 10km), as well as 14 door prizes were gifted.

Team ‘Which way to Fountainhead’ cleaned up with prizes for being the top fundraising team with $5,130 and the crowd cheered for them to take home prizing for best dressed.

$9,750 were received in direct donations to our two beneficiaries, Out in Schools and LOUD Foundation. This total doesn’t include the profits made from the event, which we’ll know in the next few weeks as final bills/invoices are paid. UPDATE: With profits, we donated a grand total of $16,974!

Race results are available at https://www.startlinetiming.com/en/races/2018/pride and thanks to Kangsoon Park, photos are available here.

The board of VFR would like to thank the organizing committee for their tireless efforts in executing a smooth and fun event. Those include:

  • Rohan Hare – Event
  • Kangsoon Park – Course
  • Mike Hsiao – Volunteer (on behalf of RaceForce)
  • Alan Jay – Water Station and Miscellaneous.

A huge thank you to everyone who participated this year, may it be as a participant, offering a helping hand, raising/donating money… all of it. Your continued support of Pride Run & Walk is immensely appreciated.

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.

VFR AGM and Holiday Party

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Just after 3pm on December the 10th, the AGM commenced with an opening video put together by Kai Scott of photo’s that have been compiled over the year.  Following this were opening remarks by President, Rohan Hare where we received a quick glance of the club overall and were introduced to the current board members as well as one of our founding members, Erik Graff.

Peter Hurst took to the stage to give us a run down on the club’s financial summary before Ian Wong gave us a synopsis of the key races/events the club has participated in.
Guy McAuliffe shared with us some of the social events that Laurie Reemeyer and himself have organized over the year and thanked some of our hosts.
Rohan continued with sharing some statistics about our Online Media presence and gave us a run down on the results of Pride Run & Walk.
Awards were handed out, but unfortunately some of the recipients were not there to receive them. The awardees for 2016 include (in no particular order)

  • Steve Carlson & Craig Elworthy – “Accommodus Award”
  • Neil Boucher – “Leader of the Pack”
  • Chris Hallamore – “Rookie of the Year”
  • Anna Vander Munnik – “Spirit of VFR”
  • Marcus Tang, Rudi Klauser, & Neil Johnston – “Thank You”
  • Preston Corrigan – “Up and Coming”
  • Olivier Couture – “Beledeva Award”
  • Christopher Piche – “Athlete of the Year”
  • Neil Johnston – “Ananta Award”
  • Mark Rozenberg – “Presidents Award”

Clare Hauer then made an announcement we’ve been waiting several weeks to hear, and that’s the results of the logo vote. With a total of 27 out of 61 votes, the ‘City Skyline with Colour Blend***’ is now the new official logo for the club.
***Not an official name

On towards the formalities, the membership unanimously passed two resolutions that go hand in hand.
The board of directors for the year 2017 is now made up of the following people:

  • Rohan Hare
  • Ian Wong
  • Peter Hurst
  • David Rivers (Dar)
  • Christopher Piche
  • Ann Dowdell
  • Stephanie Williams
  • Michela Toscano
  • Nicholas Soverel

The second resolution was to reduce the board membership from 10 members to 9.

Stepping down include:

  • Leifka Vissers (2 years)
  • Laurie Reemeyer (2 years)
  • Guy McAuliffe (1 year)
  • Clare Hauer (2 years)
  • Mark Rozenberg (6 years)

Vancouver Frontrunners would like to thank each of the members stepping down for volunteering their time to make VFR the club it is today. Each of you have played an important role and we’re lucky to have had you.
We would also like to make a special mention to Mark Rozenberg. 6 years of service, in multiple roles… amazing! You are a kind and selfless person who has contributed so much to the club and we’re very fortunate to have had you. Thank you for everything.