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Be Fit, Be Fun, Be Yourself!

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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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January’s Social Event – Curling

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I think it’s time for me to come out of the closet.  Again.  I am a curling nerd.  So, when I had the chance to spend Saturday evening curling with the Frontrunners, I jumped on it.

Our endeavour started out with a lesson from the Pacific Rim Curling League’s Krista Frazee, who taught us everything from the geography of a curling sheet, to the basics of sweeping (my mom would be proud), to the art of hurling 42 pounds of granite across 150 feet of solid ice with the precision of a military sharpshooter.  After that, 24 of us divided up into six teams, and duked it out for the title of VFR’s Kings of Curling.

Having taken to the ice with the red stones, I skipped teammates Rohan, Nico, and Kai to a depressing first end: a score of 3 yellow.  Ouch.  Armed with the resolution to win, and the last rock, we faired slightly better in the second end: a biter from Nico, plus my last-ditch draw, and we’re on the board with 2.

Third end: a lucky “Plan B” shot by Kai gave us a rock smack-dab on the button, with two chances to score another.  Shot one, a take-out, and a miss.  The Yellow skip’s stone lands near the button, forcing a tight take-out for 2: we make it.  By the slightest of hairs, the yellow skip misses his last shot.  Praise Jeebus, we’ve won!
Naturally, a few beers in the VCC’s Last Rock Lounge soon followed.  Who am I to argue with centuries of curling tradition?

Some big thanks are in order: first, to our coach extraordinaire Krista Frazee (whom we hope will join us for a run very soon); second, to Shirley Mann, Christopher Ordog, Norm Scott, and the other wonderful folks at the Vancouver Curling Club; and finally, to the 23 wonderful Frontrunners with whom I shared a fantastic Saturday evening.

I’m secretly hoping this become an annual VFR event.
-Christopher Hawn

EDIT: A huge thank you to Christopher for organizing this awesomely fun social event. Bravo!

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.

Happy Holidays!

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The Vancouver Frontrunners Board would like to wish our members, friends, sponsors and community partners both in Vancouver and further afield a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

If you’re thinking of starting, re-starting or continuing running in 2014 we look forward to welcoming you to Vancouver Frontrunners!

We’ll be meeting as normal throughout the holiday period (including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).

If you would like details of our regular runs and walks please see the details on our website – Run with VFR & Walk with VFR.

Reindeer Run – Sat 7th Dec

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It was a chilly day in Stanley Park – the different smartphones had it somewhere between -10 and -6 degrees – but it was a beautiful morning full of winter sunshine and crisp, clear air.

43 eager Frontrunners and Walkers made it down to the regular meeting place, just by Brockton Oval for 9am. As soon as the box of Santa hats, reindeer antlers and jingle bells was brought out everyone dived in.

And this was the result:

Reindeer Runners

43 Frontrunners and Walkers await the start of the Reindeer Run

Vancouver Frontrunners run and walk every Wednesday and Saturday regardless of the weather (unless it is really too icy). If you fancy joining us for a run or walk just come along – you’ll be very welcome.

Members can see more photos from the day in our members area.

Vancouver Frontrunners & Out In Schools

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On Wednesday 13th November Vancouver Frontrunners and the Vancouver Pride Society were proud to present a cheque for $10,729.23 to Out In Schools which was raised from the Pride Run & Walk. Thank you to everyone who took part in the Pride Run & Walk and made this possible.

Out In Schools Cheque Presentation

Out In Schools Cheque Presentation

You can find lots of information about the great work being done by Out In Schools on their website at http://www.outinschools.com/.

This was the first year that the Pride Run & Walk was part of the official itinerary of the Pride Society and a record-breaking turnout saw almost 400 taking part.

Planning is underway for the 2014 event with a new and improved route (subject to the necessary permits) – check back on our website nearer the time for full details.

Whistler 50 Update

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Thanks to everyone for their interest in this year’s Whistler 50 on Saturday 19th October.

Vancouver Frontrunners will have two teams this year – under team captains Jeremy Plotkin & Ian Wong and both teams are now full.

But if you’re in Vancouver that weekend why not try out a choir concert organised by our very own C.D. with the Canadian Chamber Choir. You can find out more details on the website at http://canadianchamberchoir.ca/. The concert starts at 7:30pm and is at St. Mary’s Kerrisdale. Tickets are $25 and available online (http://canadianchamberchoir.brownpapertickets.com).

As we enter the last quarter of 2013, there are still lots of running events coming up which Vancouver Frontrunner members are running in – that’s races like the Victoria Marathon (plus half & 10km), Chicago Marathon, Whistler 50, Fall Classic, James Cunningham Sea Wall race to name a few. Keep us informed about what you’re up to!

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Whistler 50 – Saturday 19th October

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This year’s Whistler 50 takes place on Saturday 19th October.

It is run by teams of 8 people doing alternating legs of 13km and 7km. Last year we had 3 teams taking part from Vancouver Frontrunners and it would be great to see that many of us up there again this year. You can specify what distance you’d like to run.

We usually meet on the Friday night (flexible arrival time) – the team captains give out the race package to their team members and people generally have some dinner/drinks.

On the Saturday you run in your scheduled slot for your scheduled distance and afterwards (or before) you can chill in Whistler or cheer on your fellow team members (or both). We then all meet up for an early dinner and go on for a night of partying (optional!).

Check out the website for full details – http://www.bcathletics.org/whistler50/index.htm

We do have an offer with one of the hotels for cheaper accommodation and will send you the details if interested. We’ll also try to co-ordinate lifts to Whistler closer to the date.

You do not register yourself for the race – you need to let us know you’re interested using the form below and your team captain will register you.

Each of the teams also needs a single volunteer (who is not running).

[contact-form to=’contact-us@vancouverfrontrunners.org’ subject=’Website – Whister 50 Interest’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Distance’ type=’select’ required=’1′ options=’7km or 13km,7km,13km’/][contact-field label=’Age’ type=’select’ options=’Under 40,40 or over’/][/contact-form]

Learn to Run with HIM & VFR

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HIM is collaborating with Vancouver Frontrunners for an all levels of fitness introductory-level Run/Walk group that is designed to be a fun, motivational way to get you out and meet other like-minded guys this Fall. The group will be led by experienced runners who know how to respect people’s personal limitations while motivating them to push themselves to the next level.

Participants are asked to commit to the full ten-week program of 3 sessions per week: Monday and Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mornings. The program has been designed by experts to gradually increase your stamina. Full details will be sent to you when you register.

Check Out Full Details Here

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