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What a year it’s been!

Vancouver Frontrunners 35 year logo

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.

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

Fruit Camps are coming back!!!

by vanfrontrunners

Just as the weather starts getting warm, Health Initiative for Men are bringing back their very famous Fruit Camps starting on Monday May 25th. Fruit Camps are awesomely fun & free one hour workouts offered Monday to Saturday. This is an excellent way to get outside, meet new people and start working on taking your fitness levels up a notch. Women are allowed to join in on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s when HIM come out and join the Vancouver Frontrunners. Find the poster below for all the details and get your registration in now by emailing register@checkhimout.ca.

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VFR Bursary Program

by vanfrontrunners

Did you know that Vancouver Frontrunners has a bursary program? Intended to assist VFR members participating in running or walking activities where such participation would not otherwise occur without financial assistance from Vancouver Frontrunners.

You must have been a member for at least 90 days and have expressed financial need to participate.

Find all the details and application form on our site at: http://vancouverfrontrunners.org/about-vfr/bursary-scheme/

Board of Directors – 2015

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With a new year comes a new board of directors! On December the 6th, Vancouver Frontrunners hosted their annual general meeting where one of the action items was voting on a new board of directors. We were sad to see that Paul Johnson, Jah Bilkhu, Kai Scott, Christopher Hawn all stepped down from their duties.

With that said, we are excited to announce some new members who took their places and filled a new spot:

Mark Rozenberg – Moves from Treasurer to President
Alex Cheung – replaces Mark as Treasurer.
Ian Wong – replaces Kai as Athletics Director
Clare Haurer – joins as Women’s Coordinator
Leifka Vissers – replaces Jag as Community  & Sponsorship Liaison
Laurie Reemeyer – replaces Chris as Social Director
Rohan Hare – continues on as Communications Director

Find more details on our Board of Directors by visiting: http://vancouverfrontrunners.org/about-vfr/boardofdirectors/

Now Taking 2015 Memberships

by vanfrontrunners

Vancouver Frontrunners is excited to announce that we are now taking membership for 2015. Membership is from January 1st to December 31st and by joining now you get a whole month free. Membership is only $15 for the entire year which is a pretty awesome deal if you ask us.

Membership gets you access to our weekly newsletter, invites to our monthly socials, participation when we have items to give away, our yearly picnic in the park dedicated to all members and much much more.

We’re a welcoming social club who like to dine out, have fun, meet new people and have fun while doing it. Oh yeah, there’s also the running bit.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now! Visit EventBrite to purchase your membership!
Visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/vancouver-frontrunners-membership-application-2014-15-tickets-13502539459

Learn To Run Participants Graduate

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Vancouver Frontrunners were once again thrilled to work with the folks over at Health Initiative for Men (HIM) in hosting their 3rd ‘Learn To Run’ clinic.
Spanning over 10 weeks with 3 clinics per week, the goal is get non-runners from couch to 8km. Upon completing the clinic, participants were able to run the 8km course on Saturday morning – an amazing feat for just 10 weeks of training. Below are some of the photo’s where participants received their certificates and gift vouchers for graduating.

Well done, graduates! Hopefully we will see you back for more?

Learn to Run with HIM and VFR

by vanfrontrunners

Are you a gay male looking to gradually build up your fitness and confidence levels to be able to comfortably run 5km’s? Well now is the time to pull out those trainers and join us. Collaborating with Vancouver Frontrunners, Health Initiative for Men (HIM) are offering a FREE 10 week learn to run program open to gay guys of all fitness levels, age and sizes commencing on September the 8th. Get yourself registered by emailing register@checkhimout.ca or calling 604-488-1001.
While this program is for men only, Vancouver Frontrunners welcomes anyone of any gender to join us. Just use the Contact Us page and we’ll be sure to reach out to you.
Click the image below for the full brochure!

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Be Fit, Be Fun, Be Yourself!

by vanfrontrunners

That motto could not describe Vancouver Frontrunners and Walkers any more accurately. We are an inclusive yet diverse club of runners and walkers of all abilities, providing a safe and friendly environment for the LGBT community and their friends.

Rain, hail or shine, we meet twice a week, every week of the year. Wednesday evenings we meet at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation center at 6.30pm, and Saturday mornings we meet at Brocton Oval in Stanley Park at 9.00am. Each location has a walking track, a 6km and an 8km track, so there’s something for everyone.

During Pride week we also host a 5km and 10km race for both walkers and runners, and this year’s registration details are coming out shortly. Stay tuned!

But it’s not all about running and walking, there’s a fun side to us as well! After our runs/walks we head out for brunch or dinner where you get a chance to mingle and socialize with fellow members. We also host a monthly social and have been known to throw a cocktail party, a ‘Learn to Curl’ event,  a celebration of Diwali, pre-Sun Run Carbo loading dinners – this month we’re heading to Robson Square for an evening of Ice Skating and Hot Chocolate!!!

So with spring just around the corner, why not dust of those shoes and come out to meet us? Membership isn’t a pre-requisite to join in and all are free to come and try us out.

There’s loads of information on this website however should you have any further questions, please contact us using our online form by clicking here.

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Welcome to 2014!

by vanfrontrunners

Join us for our weekly run and walks. We run & walk every Wednesday at 6:30pm meeting at the Roundhouse in Yaletown and Saturday at 9:00am meeting at Brockton Oval.

If you would like to join us for a run or walk simply turn up on the day. If you have any questions beforehand just contact us.

Our run and walks cater for all abilities from those just beginning to experienced runners.

On Wednesdays we meet for dinner after the run /walk and on Saturday we meet for brunch.

Our members enjoy a wide range of benefits including monthly social events, such as an evening curling at the Vancouver Curling Centre which we’re doing in January.

Come and join us! You’ll be very welcome.