Frontrunners/Frontwalkers Chicago is the city’s premier running and walking club for the lesbian, gay, bi, and trans communities of Chicago. Wherever you are on your personal journey as an LGBT person and as a runner or walker, Frontrunners/Frontwalkers Chicago provides a welcoming and fun environment where you can meet new friends and realize personal goals. FR/FWChicago also welcomes and encourages allies of the LGBT community to join our club.
Our Weekly Fun Runs/Walks
We meet Tuesdays at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 9:00am year round, rain or shine, at the Totem Pole located just east of the intersection of Addison and Lake Shore Drive. We offer a 3 mile walking course, and running courses of 3, 4, 5, and 6 mile distances. See our course maps below. Afterwards, we share a meal at one of the many great restaurants located in the Lakeview, Uptown, and Edgewater neighborhoods of Chicago.
Our Annual Focus Races
Each year, FR/FWChicago offers a circuit of races in which we participate either as runners and walkers or as volunteer staffers. There is at least one circuit race opportunity every month of the year. FR/FWChicago members who participate in at least 50% of our annual circuit challenge receive a free entry pass to the club’s annual holiday party in December. Below is the list of 2018 FR/FWChicago Out in Front Focus Races.
Jan 1 / Mon – New Year’s Day 5K Run & Walk (Walk/Run)
Feb 24 / Sat – Back On My Feet Chicago’s Mardi Gras 5K/10K (Volunteer/Walk/Run)
Mar 25 / Sun Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K (Volunteer/Walk/Run) CC
Apr 21 / Sat – Wintrust Lakefront 10 Mile/5K Walk/Run (Walk/Run) CC
Apr 21 / Sat – Cancer Society Walk and Roll 5K (Walk/Run)
May 5 / Sat – Cinco de Miler (Run)
May 13 / Sun – Susan G Komen Race for the Cure (5K Walk/Run)
May 24 / Thu – Chase Corporate Challenge 3.5 Mile (Volunteer)
May 26 / Sat – Soldier Field 10 Mile (Run)
Jun 3 / Sun – PAWS 5K Run and Walk (Walk/Run)
Jun 9 / Sat – Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K and Walk (Walk/Run)
Jun 23 / Sat – Proud To Run 5K Walk/5K Run/10K Run (Volunteer/Walk/Run)
Jul 21-22 / Sun – Rock and Roll Half Marathon/5K/10K (Walk/Run)
Aug 6 / Mon – Universal Sole Burgers and Beer 5K (Walk/Run)
Aug 11 / Sat – Stan’s Donuts 5K & Kids Dash (Walk/Run)
Aug 26 / Sun – Rainbow Half Marathon (Run/Volunteer)
Sep 23 / Sun – Chicago Half Marathon/5K (Walk/Run)
Sep 23 / Sun – AIDS Run/Walk (5K Walk, 5K Run, 10K Run)
Sep 30 / Sun – Bucktown 5K (Walk/Run)
Oct TBD / Sat – Crypt 5K (Walk/Run)
Oct 7 / Sun – Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Volunteer/Run) CC
Oct 28 / Sun – Walk to End Alzheimer’s (Walk)
Nov TBD / Sat – Girls On The Run 5K (Volunteer)
Dec TBD /Sat – Boystown Santa Speedo Run (Walk/Run)
CC=CARA Circuit Race
Our Social Events
The club organizes social event periodically through the year for our members and their friends to have fun and socialize. Past events have included our annual holiday party, a summer picnic, parties at members’ homes, and attending sporting and cultural events as a group.
Our Training Programs
Periodically throughout the year, FR/FWChicago offers various training programs free of charge to club members. Our offerings range from “Couch to 10K” programs to programs designed to build speed and endurance. Below is the 2018 calendar of training offerings.
This year FR/FW Chicago will once again offer the Couch to 10K training program which culminates with Proud to Run, as well as a 10K to Half Marathon training program that will culminate in the Rainbow Half. Both programs will be coached by Dan Solera free of charge to all dues paying members of FR/FW Chicago.
Dan began running in 2008 as a means to enjoy a new neighborhood with plenty of sidewalks and parks. But it wasn’t until he brought an old Nokia phone with him to clock each individual mile time that he realized how much he enjoyed challenging himself to go farther, faster. Two years later, he ran three half marathons and his first marathon in Chicago. Today, he has run 47 half marathons and 37 marathons and ultra-marathons all over the United States. Running has given him the chance to explore the world around him in exhilarating ways, and has allowed him to meet many interesting people along the way.
By starting with achievable goals and slowly but dedicatedly adding distance over time, Dan believes that finishing any race is possible. His programs center around a gradual increase in mileage, run/walk intervals, and running at a conversational pace.
Frontrunner 2018 Training Programs
View the programs on this page or click the thumbnail to download the PDF for offline viewing.
Includes three options: Couch to 10K for Novice Runners; Intermediate; and Advanced levels.
Download 10K Training Programs PDF, click this thumbnail:
Download Half-Marathon Training Program PDF, click this thumbnail: