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Happy New Year!!!

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Vancouver Frontrunners would like to wish all of our members, families, friends and allies a Happy New Year. We hope 2016 will be bigger, better, more exciting and fortunate that what 2015 was.

Enjoy the party, drink responsibly and see you all in 2016!!!

Happy Holidays

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The Board of VFR would like to wish every one of our members a happy and festive season decorated with happiness and joy. We hope you get to spend much deserved time with family and loved ones surrounded by plenty of food, wine and laughter.

Please do enjoy the holidays, but also do so responsibly.

From our families to yours, Happy Holidays!

VFR hosts their Annual General Meeting

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The board of directors for Vancouver Frontrunners would like to thank everyone who came out on Saturday December the 5th to attend our annual general meeting which took place at the WhiteSpot after brunch. We had approximately 40 members in attendance and the meeting itself took just over an hour.

We had the pleasure of watching a slide show which recapped some amazing memories of the events that took place this past year. Thanks to Kai Scott for putting that together.

Some deserving people received awards, namely:

  • Nick Soverel – Spirit of VFR
  • Kangsoon Park – Epic Comeback Award
  • Rookie of the Year – Mariegold Rondeau
  • Getting ‘er Done – Gar Fisher
  • Getting ‘er Done – Don Glass
  • Best Supporting Athlete – Kai Scott
  • Supportive Ex Afficio – Jag Bilkhu

Chocolates and treats were handed out to those who made some amazing accomplishments this year and 12 door prizes were handed out.

Some of the board members took to the floor to talk about the year past, such as social events, relays and athletic events, website/Facebook and newsletter statistics. Leifka got the crowd excited with some information about new team singlets soon to be available for purchase and Mark gave his President’s speech before moving on to the official items.

Vancouver Frontrunners are sad to see that Alex Cheung has stepped down as treasurer, however we’re incredibly fortunate that he will continue to provide his assistance and expertise as we transition to a new board.

The membership in attendance unanimously voted in Peter Hurst, Guy McAuliffe, Dar Rivers, and Jonathan Steblin to join the existing board members, which are Mark Rozenberg, Ian Wong, Clare Hauer, Rohan Hare, Leifka Vissers, and Laurie Reemeyer.

With the exception of announcing that Mark is stepping down as president and handing the reigns over to Rohan, roles and responsibilities amongst the new board will be decided at our next board meeting to be held in the early weeks of January. With 10 people on the board, you can be rest assured that the New Year will be an exciting and action packed year for VFR.

It has been an incredible year and none of it would be possible without our supportive and engaging members, our awesome volunteers, generous donors, and talented board members. This truly is one awesome club to be a member of!!!

VFR Run the Victoria and Kelowna Marathons

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A huge congratulations to all runners who ran this past weekend.

Jag B ran a killer marathon in Kelowna with a strong finish and huge smile on face as he crossed the finish line in perfect running conditions.

Victoria played witness to a few of our members who ran the full and half marathon yesterday.

Kangsoon P pulled a Boston qualifier with an astonishing 3:21.18 finish. Congratulations Kangsoon!

Competing in the full was Peter S, Tom M, Michael G, Ron K, and finishing his first full marathon was Alex C. Super awesome job!!!

Crossing the finish line for the half marathon was Laurie R, Preston C, Alan J, Kai S, Brian F, Ketih A, Vince W and Gar W.

CONGRATULATIONS to you all!!!!

VFR Presents Some Fabulous Cheques To Well Deserving Organizations

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Wednesday evening, October 7th, Vancouver Frontrunners were delighted to present two fabulous cheques to ‘Out In Schools’ and the ‘LOUD Foundation’.

The donations are a direct result of the profits made from this year’s Pride Run & Walk. Profits raised from entry fees amounted to $11,668.30, which will be split between the two organizations 50/50. On our registration site was the ability for donors to give directly to Out In School’s and this garnered a further $2,414.39, totaling $14,802.69.

Below are photo’s from the evening.

VFR raises over $14,000 for community beneficiaries

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The numbers are in and Vancouver Frontrunners are THRILLED to announce that proceeds from this year’s Pride Run and Walk has raised $14,082.69 for community beneficiaries, ‘Out In Schools’ and the ‘LOUD Foundations’ 20 under 20 program.

Profits raised from entry fees amounts to $11,668.30, which will be split between the two organizations 50/50. On our registration site was the ability for donors to give directly to Out In School’s and this garnered a further $2,414.39.

Cheques will be presented to both organizations on October 7th at the Yaletown Roundhouse at 6.20pm. If you happen to be around, please join us for this memorable moment.

Out In Schools
Out in Schools brings films into classrooms to engage youth through film in the promotion of safer and more inclusive learning environments, free from homophobia, transphobia and bullying. Out in Schools works with school boards, educators, community organizations and student-run Gay Straight Alliances to reduce isolation, foster belonging and increase the safety of learning environments for all youth in our communities.

Loud Foundation
The LOUD Foundation invests in future leaders of the Canadian LGBTQ community. They believe that by supporting the development of students who possess drive, vision, compassion and knowledge, they can improve society and increase awareness of our diverse community. The  20 under 20 program recognizes 20 BC youth under the age of 20 for creating safe spaces and promoting LGBTQ2+ inclusion and rights in their communities.

We couldn’t be happier with what we have acheived and it’s humbling to know that funds are going to two very deserving organizations that do a lot of work for our community.

VFR Member and Volunteer Appreciation Party

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Saturday, August 29th played host to Vancouver Frontrunners annual member and volunteer appreciation party. It was a lovely afternoon with great company, plenty of food and tonnes of laughs. Thank you to everyone who came out. Here’s a few photo’s from the event.

Pride Run & Walk Photos and Results

Thank to everyone who came out to Pride Run & Walk 2015. This year was our largest event to date with over 460 registrants. We really can’t wait to see how much we raised for our community beneficiaries.

With everything still coming in, we’re hoping to have all the photo’s posted on this website and Facebook within the week. In the meantime, you can find the timed results of the big day at http://www.startlinetiming.com/races/2015/pride.

We’ll have more information out very soon!!!

Online Registrations to Pride Run are now closed, however:

you can still register in person at Race Package pickup, between 5.00-9.00pm at the Running Room on Denman Street – Thursday 23rd July. 679 Denman Street, Vancouver.

Alternatively, you can also register on race day at the Brockton Oval Fieldhouse, July 25th from 7.30am. However race day registrations MUST close by 8.30am, so be sure to get there early to beat the line up!