Mick Bullock ran off and on since high school but got more serious about it in the last few years since moving to Washington six years ago and joining the D.C. Front Runners.
“It’s an opportunity to put everything else aside and enjoy the outdoors,” the Columbia, Miss., native says. “Clear your head, put your phone down and enjoy the scenery. Especially in the summer with all the shirtless men.”
The Front Runners have bumped their annual Pride Run 5k to Oct. 10 but they still wanted to do something for Pride month so they’re planning a virtual Run for Love June 13-22 in which they’ll raise money through $30 registration fees for local LGBT charities. Last year’s Pride run had 1,600 participants and raised $40,000. This year’s charities are the Wanda Alston Foundation, Casa Ruby, Teens Run D.C., The Blade Foundation, Ainsley’s Angels and the Team D.C. Scholarship Fund. Details at runforlovedc.com. Runners will submit times by June 21 and a virtual awards ceremony will be held online.
Bullock works as a public affairs director for the National Conference of State Legislatures. He’s been with partner Justin Fritscher, also a runner, for 12 years. They live together in Adams Morgan. Bullock enjoys running, traveling, food and wine in his free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
My dad was the toughest to tell. Dad actually visited me my first year after moving to D.C. and I told him then over some beers. He was so cool with it and was like, “Yeah I know, you have one bed in your apartment.” And he already knew Justin, my partner, and they bonded over Cajun cooking.
Who’s your LGBTQ hero?
My fellow Mississippian — Lance Bass
What LGBTQ stereotype most annoys you?
That LGBTQ people are not athletic, give me a break.
What’s your proudest professional achievement?
Earning my master’s degree.
What terrifies you?
What’s something trashy or vapid you love?
What’s your greatest domestic skill?
Cleaning the condo. Justin is the cook.
What’s your favorite LGBTQ movie or show?
What’s your social media pet peeve?
Oversharing content. Think quality over quantity!
What would the end of the LGBTQ movement look like to you?
I do not believe movements ever end. I only believe they advance. We are always continuing to refine how we are treated and how we treat others.
What’s the most overrated social custom?
That rose wine can only be enjoyed in the summer. I mean why not enjoy some rose during a blistering snowstorm?
What was your religion, if any, as a child and what is it today?
I grew up in the church and was third generation Church of God or Pentecostal.
What’s D.C.’s best hidden gem?
Rock Creek Park, especially its plethora of running trails.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
The closest I get to NASCAR is “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
What celebrity death hit you hardest?
If you could redo one moment from your past, what would it be?
There was this time my mom did question me about my sexuality in a heated discussion and I denied it when I knew deep down it was true. I wish I would have been truthful with her.
What are your obsessions?
Staying fit and healthy.
Finish this sentence — It’s about damn time:
… dry January is over.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
That being gay was not wrong. And knowing that one day I was going to meet the love of my life and travel the world together.
It’s a large city but small enough to be personal. When I first moved to D.C. from Mississippi, I never would have thought that I would love this city as much as I do. I honestly can’t imagine living anywhere else. Everytime we run on the Mall and I see the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial I think, “Wow this is home.”