Community Health News

Fort Lauderdale Front Runners

Maura Mumball Lane

The Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade was two hours long. Who knew we had a marching band and who knew we had a running team? Proudly sporting their new bright yellow team sponsored t-shirts, the Fort Lauderdale Front Runners encouraged everyone to join this healthy LGBT social group.

The Fort Lauderdale Front Runners have been around since 1989. Now they are regrouping and ready to build up membership and activities for the 2016/2017 running season. Running season in South Florida is year round. The town of Weston has an annual 4th of July run and there is a King of the Hill in Davie early September. Options in the summer are slim due to the heat. The real season kicks off in early September and runs to Memorial Day. The Fort Lauderdale Front Runners have a goal of adding runners (men and women) and newbie runners to the team so that when season starts the group is full, has mentors, coaches and a strong and involved membership.

Belonging to a running club is easy. Equipment is just a pair of running shoes, shorts and a shirt. What you need is open mind to try something new! The Front Runners weekly event is on Wednesday nights in Holiday Park, 1200 G Martin Harold Drive (Near the Gymnasium) They start at 7 pm. You have the option of a 3 mile walk, a 4 mile run or a 6 mile run. The team also meets Sunday at 6 pm in the same location and heads out to dinner after the run. If you like an early run join the team on the second and fourth Saturdays in front of Alibi on Wilton Drive at 7:30 am. If you join now you’ll be ready for the Fort Lauderdale A-1-A Half marathon February 17, 2017. For more information, go to or call 954-247-8642.