July 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm EDT | by Kevin Majoros
‘Front’ of the line

The usually do more running than dancing but here the D.C. Front Runners perform in the Capital Pride parade in June. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

One of the larger LGBT sports group in the D.C area is the D.C. Front Runners. About 300 members strong, they can often be seen running or walking in groups throughout different sections of the city.

Founded in 1981, the group offers a variety of options for people looking for a regular schedule of exercise.  They belong to an extensive network of Front Runner clubs that have representation around the world. Currently there are about 100 Front Runner chapters, representing 36 states and 10 countries.

Annual member dues for the group are $25 for individuals, $40 for households and $10 for students.  Members receive weekly e-mail updates, a quarterly newsletter, running store discounts, entry into an intra-club race/walk circuit competition, access to race training programs and invitations to club social functions.

The walking circuit is hosted on Saturday mornings, Tuesday evenings and on federal holidays in the morning.  The group either meets at 23rd and P streets N.W. or at Union Station. The walk is between 3 and 4 miles with the path taken varying between several different loops. The pace of the walkers can be brisk or just a leisurely stroll. The group will make sure you are not walking alone.

The run circuit meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Saturday and Sunday mornings and on federal holiday mornings. These are non-competitive runs and depending on the day, they run along Rock Creek Park, the National Mall and the Potomac River. They also meet at either 23rd and P Street N.W. or Union Station. The distance and pace is at the discretion of each runner and the leaders will help you find someone with similar needs. It is common for Saturday morning runs to have about 50 in attendance.


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