Run or Walk With VFR

Vancouver Frontrunners provides a safe and friendly environment for the LGBTQ2S+ community and their friends to enjoy running and walking.

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Drop-ins & visitors are always welcome! If you have any questions whatsoever, please contact us!

Whether you are new to running, already a seasoned PR-hunting mileage monster, or somewhere in between, you’ll feel right at home in our welcoming and supportive running and walking group for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, their friends and allies. We host Learn to Run/Return To Running courses in late spring and early fall.

Fall 2022 Learn To Run/Return to Running starts on Saturday, September 17th – freeregister here.

Group runs are hosted twice a week, Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, rain or shine, every week of the year.  Please drop in a few times to check us out and if you enjoy the experience, consider joining as a member (only $15 annually).

What To Expect

Expect an enthusiastic welcome! We’re a social group with a running problem! Gathering at the start for a quick briefing and introductions for all, we’ll pair those new to us with an appropriate run or walk group.  Each meetup features a 6 and an 8 or 9-km run, while walkers head out for between 40 and 60 minutes.

Afterwards, many of us gather at a restaurant (or picnics in the summer) for a meal together.

Both run locations feature change rooms, lockers (bring your own lock) and showers.

Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm

Near Yaletown at Roundhouse Community Centre. We’ll be easy to spot near the rear courtyard just beyond the centre’s staff desk.

From the start, we head out together eastward along the seawall. 6 km runners head over the Cambie bridge while the 8/9 km group continues around False Creek past Science World and then west along the south shore to Burrard Bridge. During the winter, we alter course slightly to avoid running underneath the bridge, heading instead up to Burrard along 1st Avenue.

  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown – meet outside in the rear courtyard.; showers & lockers (bring your own lock) are available.
  • Transit: Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line station, Davie (006) @Roundhouse or Pacific (023) @Davie buses.
  • Parking: Paid parking below Roundhouse CC and on the adjacent streets.
  • Route Maps: 6 km and 8 km (9 km back to Roundhouse) options.
  • Post-run dinner: Announced at the run start and in the weekly newsletter sent to members.
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Saturday mornings at 9:00 am

Brockton Oval Fieldhouse, Stanley Park. Lockers and showers are inside the card-key protected area of the Fieldhouse – ask one of the many regular members for access if you are new to the group. Public washrooms are accessible without a card key.

Most of our run on either route will be on fine packed gravel trails with the last km to the finish on the Seawall. As an alternative, an out-and-back option on the seawall follows our Learn to Run stick-together approach.

  • Where: Brockton Oval Fieldhouse, Stanley Park; showers & lockers (bring your own lock) are available.
  • Transit: A 12-minute walk from the Stanley Park Bus Loop off Pipeline Road or a 15-minute walk from the bus stop at West Georgia and Gilford.
  • Safe Walk To Brockton Oval: Recognizing that Stanley Park can sometimes feel intimidating, particularly in the darker months, and that Brockton Oval can be challenging for visitors to locate, we’ve established a regular Saturday meet-up point at Alberni & Chilco (map). We aim to leave the meet-up point Saturday mornings at 8:40 am sharp for the 15-minute walk over to Brockton Oval.
  • Cycling: There are bike racks at the Fieldhouse.
  • Parking: Ample paid parking is available at the Fieldhouse; there is cheaper parking on Nelson, Haro, Comox and other streets west of Denman.
  • Route Maps: Scenic 6 km and 8 km options leading through the park, finishing on the seawall. We’ll ensure you are paired up with a compatible runner/walker who knows the route. Our learn-to-run group and stick-together group do an out and back along the equally scenic seawall.
  • Post-run meal: Stanley Park Brewing (near the tennis courts on the west side of Stanley Park) provides us plenty of space for breakfast/brunch, and the view can’t be beaten.