Chicago's LGBTQ+ Running & Walking Club

John Avila

John Avila

I joined Frontrunners and started running in June 2014. At that time, I could hardly run one mile.

As a suburban divorced dad at the time, it was a key part in my journey to feel part of the LGBTQ community, make new friends and lead a healthy lifestyle. When I finally came out in 2016, I ran my first 10K, PROUD TO RUN with my daughter which meant a lot to me.

I love all kinds of music and go to a lot of concerts. Although born in Flemington, NJ, I grew up in Naperville, IL and went to UIUC. Currently I live in Wilmette and have my own design firm in Ravenswood.

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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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