Front Runners – Fun, Fitness and Socializing

By George Zirkel, VHCA Communications Committee

Every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning, you may have noticed a group gathering near the volleyball courts at John Howell Park. It’s not a street gang, just the Front Runners getting ready for their run.

Front Runners Atlanta is a running, walking and social club for gay people and friends.  Through our weekly runs and social events, our club offers opportunities for fun, fitness and socializing.  We have about 8 different running routes, all about 5-6 miles long, that radiate from John Howell and touch all of the surrounding neighborhoods. After our runs we generally have worked up an appetite and you may catch us at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurant. American Roadhouse, Yeah Burger and George’s are some of our favorites.

Our members have all different running capabilities, from those who only started running once they joined and are working towards their first-ever 5K or half marathon, to those who have completed multiple Boston Marathons. Many people join because they like the sense of community that is created around challenging yourself and doing physical activity.

Each June, Front Runners organizes Atlanta’s Pride Run 5K Run and Walk.  The event is in Piedmont Park and usually draws 300-400 runners and walkers.  The race has developed a reputation for its festive, fun atmosphere and the awesome t-shirts issued to every participant.

Front Runners is open to anyone who wants to join us. Feel free to stop by one of our runs or check out our website.

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