Chicago's LGBTQ+ Running & Walking Club

Ben Anderson-Dukes

Ben Anderson-Dukes

Having moved from the UK to Chicago with my husband a few years ago, we sought to find a fitness focused LGBTQ+ group that didn’t take themselves too seriously and that could enable us to meet new people in our new home.  Frontrunners/Frontwalkers proved to be the perfect group and became a catalyst not only for keeping healthy, but for becoming involved in many more community focused events. And we’ve made some fantastic friends along the way!  I joined the board at the beginning of 2018 and am passionate about helping to create a club that provides a safe space for everyone to grow their fitness levels with a community driven focus.

Running with Frontrunners is a big part of my journey since I came out in 2016, living a positive, healthy lifestyle, feeling part of a community and making some great friends along the way.

John Avila
John AvilaBoard Member

Running is how I challenge myself, physically and mentally. It is also one of my social circles, a way to connect with people who have similar interests. The fact that Frontrunners is an LGBTA running club was so important to me since I came to the club shortly after coming out. I really appreciated the knowledge that I was among other members of the community and allies.

Marc Garneau
Marc GarneauBoard Member
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