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 / Sun – Cinco de Miler (Run)
May 13 / Sun – Susan G Komen Race for the Cure (5K Walk/Run)
May TBD / 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 TBD / Sun – 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 TBD / Mon – Universal Sole Burgers and Beer 5K (Walk/Run)
Jul 21-22 / Sun – Rock and Roll Half Marathon/5K/10K (Walk/Run)
Aug TBD / Sun – Stan’s Donuts 5K & Kids Dash (Walk/Run)
Aug 26 / Sun – Rainbow Half Marathon (Run/Volunteer)
Sep 9 / Sun – Walk to End Alzheimer’s (Walk)
Sep 23 / Sun – Chicago Half Marathon/5K (Walk/Run)
Sep 30 / Sun – Bucktown 5K (Walk/Run)
Sep/Oct TBD / Sun – AIDS Run/Walk (5K Walk, 5K Run, 10K Run)
Oct TBD / Sat – Crypt 5K (Walk/Run)
Oct 7 / Sun – Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Volunteer/Run) CC
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.
Details of the 2018 calendar of social events will be posted here soon.
Our Training Programs
Periodically throughout the year, FR/FWChicago offers various training programs free of charge to club members. Our offerings range from “learn to run” programs to programs designed to build speed and endurance. Here is the 2017 calendar of training offerings.
This Spring, FR/FW Chicago will once again offer the Couch to 10K training program coached by Dan Solera free of charge to all dues paying members of FR/FW Chicago. Here is some info about Dan.
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 36 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.
In addition to coaching FR/FW Chicago’s Couch-to-10k program, he trains with Fleet Feet’s Boston365 running group and will be the official coach for the Jackson Chance Foundation’s #TeamChance charity group for the fourth consecutive year.
Each program can be viewed on this page: place your mouse over the program and the toolbar appears at the bottom. Use the navigation in the toolbar to page through the program. You can also click the purple button to download the entire program.
“Couch to 10K” – Novice / First Time Runner Curriculumfrfw-training-beginner
FRFW Chicago also offers the two following self-directed Intermediate and Advance curricula developed by Dan.
Intermediate Runner Curriculumfrfw-training-intermediate