VFR Website Makeover

Vancouverfrontrunners.org just received a new and colourful makeover as part of a board decision to help keep Vancouver Frontrunners current and fresh.

After looking at our previous site design, newsletter template and other online channels, the board decided to bring our online presence into alignment with a fresh makeover of both our newsletters and website.

Now featuring our logo, easy access to social media channels, search functionality and various other improvements; we hope you find navigating our site easy, intuitive, and pleasant on the eye.

In the coming months, we also aim to upload engaging and relevant content to help better educate runners and walkers on the sport we love while also including features such as member of the month, video footage showing our regular run/walk routes and links to other websites we find helpful.

Be sure to follow us on twitter, like us on Facebook and check back here regularly for all the latest.

The Women of Vancouver Frontrunners Present…

…Pride Run & Walk Training & Group Run/Walks – 1st Saturdays and 3rd Wednesdays May, June, July.

With LAUNCH PARTY! Thursday 1st May 2014 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm at The Junction.

Calling all women runners and walkers – if you’re thinking of taking part in the 10th Annual Pride Run & Walk – then come and join us for our Pride Run & Walk Preparation Launch Event!
Even if you’ve not yet decided about the Pride Run & Walk and just want to meet up with us for a run / walk come and join us anyway.

Women of all abilities from complete beginner to experienced runners are very welcome. For beginners /novices we’ll offer training sessions and for experienced runners we’ll organize you into groups of similar goals/ability. Walkers will be grouped together.
Our 6 run/walks take place on Sat 3rd May; Weds 21st May; Sat 7th June; Weds 18th June; Sat 5th July; Weds 16th July. Put the dates in your calendar! It’s free.

For more info & to sign up, see our Women’s Prep. page by clicking here and don’t forget everyone is welcome to our launch party at The Junction on Thursday 1st May 2014. We have a Facebook event page located here for the launch party, so be sure to let us know you’re coming.

This year’s Pride Run And Walk is on Saturday 26th July with warm-up starting at 9:00am. Registration is open!

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Quote, Fred Lebow

In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.

-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

Pride Run, 2014

Vancouver Frontrunners is pleased to announce our annual Pride Run for 2014!

9.30am on Saturday the 26th of July at Brocton Oval in Stanley Park, we will see hundreds of colourful, eager and excited walkers and runners participating in either the 5km or 10km walk/run event.

Over $10,000 was raised for Out In Schools last year and this year we’re excited to include the Vancouver Pride Society’s QMUNITY Pride Legacy Fund as an additional beneficiary to Out In Schools. This year we’re setting our sights high, aiming to raise $12,000 for our community partners and continue to increase our runner and walker turnout.

Registration is now open for Individuals and teams of 5 people.

Something unique we’re proud to add to this year’s event is the introduction of a third gender category; ‘Gender Variant’. This helps recognize and celebrate those whose identities exist between or outside of the gender binary and enables Vancouver Frontrunners to help build a more inclusive and encompassing environment for everyone.

The finish line also happens to be conveniently located at the beginning of ‘Picnic in the Park’, hosted by the Vancouver Pride Society. There just couldn’t be a better way to end such a vibrant run/walk event.

So whether you’re an experienced runner, an avid walker or a motivated beginner, get your registration in now, set yourself a goal and come out to join us!

See you at the start line!

Be Fit, Be Fun, Be Yourself!

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.

Like us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/vancouver.frontrunners
Or follow us on twitter @VanFrontrunners

January’s Social Event – Curling

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!

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