VFR Runs Suspended

November 9th: VFR Run + Walks Are Suspended For Two Weeks

The language of the current BC guidelines is somewhat ambiguous in its application to our activities as a running and social club. In the spirit of the collective task in front of us (levelling the curve) and erring on the side of caution, the board has voted to suspend VFR in-person activities for at least two weeks. We’ll keep evaluating the situation until the Provincial Health Officer clearly permits our activities.


In the meantime, stay safe, get your runs in, spend time with your family and chosen bubble family.  We may be apart, but we’re not alone.

Check here for status updates. We’ll be back!


PHO order on limiting social interactions
By order of the PHO, all individuals, places of work and businesses within the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions must significantly reduce social interactions and travel.

The order is in effect from November 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm to November 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm.

BC Government FAQ on this order

Frontrunners Being Awesome in 2019!

Taking a look back at the year that has been, our 36th year, Frontrunners were busier than ever being completely awesome!

Athletics

In between our many social activities we still managed to find some time to run this year. In addition to our weekly rain or shine Saturday or Wednesday runs, Frontrunners had a blast participating in:

  • ‘First Half’ Half Marathon
  • St. Patrick’s Day 5K
  • Sun Run
  • BMO Vancouver Marathon
  • Scotia Half + 5K
  • Pride Run & Walk, hosted by Frontrunners! Almost 400 came out to run and walk, cheered on by 60 volunteers and hundreds of family and allies in glorious weather! See you in 2020!
  • Eastside 10K
  • Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon
  • Whistler 50 Mile Relay & Ultra

Giving Back

Vancouver Frontrunners proudly supports and raises funds for the award-winning Out In Schools program and the LOUD Foundation Pride Youth Scholarship Fund.

Cheque presentation to LOUD Foundation and Out In Schools
Cheque presentation to LOUD Foundation and Out In Schools

One of our primary fundraising events is the annual Pride Run & Walk, hosted by Vancouver Frontrunners. Thanks to Pride Run & Walk Director Rohan Hare for leading the team to deliver an incredibly successful event!

Rohan Hare recognized at the 2019 Annual General Meeting

Social Events

We just might be a social club with a running problem!

  • Whistler Pride Coat Check
  • Snowshoeing at Seymour
  • Out for Schools Breakfast
  • Sun Run pre-race Pub Grub @ The Pint
  • BMO pre-race Potluck
  • “Summer is coming” BBQ
  • STRUT – Walk a mile in heels
  • Sizzle: Pride Run & Walk Launch BBQ
  • Shipyard Night Market
  • Ragnar Brunch @ Saint John’s
  • International Rainbow Memorial Run & Brunch
  • Whitecaps Pride Night
  • Pride Parade
  • Swim and Sunbathe at Kits Pool
  • Queer Film Festival
  • Camping at Sloquet Hotsprings
  • Co-hosting Condom Packaging at Pumpjack with HiM
  • 35th Vancouver Frontrunners Birthday Party
  • AIDS Walk
  • Grouse Grind End of Season
  • Victoria Marathon weekend Supper
  • Whistler 50
  • Movie Night
  • Boardgames Night @ Storm Crow
  • 10 Pin Bowling @ Rev’s
  • … and more!
Vancouver Frontrunners and OUTExplore hike Eagle Bluffs

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.