March 29, 2012 | by Kevin Majoros
Springing into action

With any luck, this past week brought the last frost of the season and many of the outdoor LGBT sports teams are in full swing.

The D.C. Front Runners continue to host their Tuesday and Thursday evening runs along with their Saturday and Sunday morning runs. The group meets at 23rd and P streets during the week and at Rock Creek Park on the weekends. The runners also host walks at the same locations on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Recently the Front Runners launched a 10-week series of track workouts which will run through the middle of May. The sessions are on Wednesday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. and will rotate between McKinley High School and Banneker High School. The rotation can be found atdcfrontrunners.org.

Congratulations to the Washington Renegades RFC members for kicking off their spring season by winning the Gray Ghost Cup tournament in Bel Air, Md., on March 10. Their Blues squad took down North Bay, Lockport, Pax River and the Washington Rugby Club to win the tournament.

This weekend the Blues squad will travel to Charlottesville, Va., to take on Virginia RFC, while the Reds squad will be at home playing the Washington Poltroons.  The Renegades schedule can be found at dcrugby.com.

Among the many opportunities offered by the D.C. Strokes Rowing Club is the Learn to Row Program. This season, to accommodate busy schedules, they are holding four different sessions on weekdays and weekends.

The sessions begin at the end of April, assume no previous rowing experience and teach the basics from square one. Rowers who complete the program are invited to join the team as part of their Novice Program. More information is at dcstrokes.org.

The recreational biking series has begun for the Adventuring outdoors group and on Saturday, they will host the Washington & Old Dominion Rail-To-Trail. This will be an easy, paved and mostly flat trail ride to help riders get in shape for more challenging events to come. The route will run from Falls Church to Herndon and back and will be a 29-mile ride. Riders will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the East Falls Church Metro Station in the Kiss & Ride Lot. Bring helmet, fluids and $2. The group will stop for a quick lunch at a Herndon restaurant or you can pack a lunch. Contact Mike at d.michael.davids@gmail.com for more information.

Adventuring has also rescheduled the Scott’s Run Preserve Hike on Sunday. The hike will be in the range of 2.2 to 3 miles. The hikers will go past the waterfall on Scotts Run and follow along the Potomac River to the Palisades of the Potomac. The group will also stop by the Burling House ruins as they cross through the area. Carpooling to the preserve will depart at 9:30 a.m. from the Rossyln Metro Station. Bring fluids, bug spray and a packed lunch plus $2 trip fee and $3 for non-drivers. You can RSVP at meeting.com/Adventuring-Gay-Lesbian-Hiking-Biking.

The Capital Tennis Association coordinates league play throughout the year at both tennis clubs and public courts. Registration for the summer leagues for both singles and doubles will begin in April and the league runs from May to September. There is also the opportunity to sign up for sub spots on the league. More information on the tennis players is atcapital-tennis.org.

The first tee off of the season for the Lambda Links Golf Club will be Sunday.  The golfers can be found on the greens every weekend through October 28. Join the group’s mailing list at lambdalinks.org for information on its tee-off locations.

The District of Columbia Aquatics Club will be hosting the 21st annual Swim for Life on July 14. The event is a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS nonprofits as well as local watershed organizations. Swimmers will compete in 1-, 2-, 3-, 4- or 5-mile races beginning and ending at Rolph’s Wharf on the Chester River. This is also a great opportunity for anyone training for a triathlon. Details on the event are at swimdcac.org.

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