Frontrunners & Frontwalkers Phoenix is a running and walking club for the LGBTQ+ community and allies having an interest in health and well-being through staying active and coming together with social events.We are a local chapter of International Front Runners, an informal network of LGBTQ+ running groups around the world. Membership is open to everyone without regard to ability, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. Join us for our weekly runs and walks!
Frontrunners & Frontwalkers Phoenix has a long and exciting history. We started our club in the Phoenix Metropolitan area in 1999 with three runners who came together to run once every two weeks. Since then, we have grown substantially and currently have three running and walking activities every week.
Frontrunners & Frontwalkers Phoenix is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization run by a Board of Directors elected by our Members. We are a member of International Front Runners, a consortium of over one-hundred Frontrunner chapters worldwide. Being an IFR member greatly expands our visibility and gives members access to a global network of gay-identified running organizations. We are also a member of Road Runners Club of America who issues our insurance and provides us with governing and running resources.
Join us for our weekly run on Tuesdays, Thursdays evenings and on Saturday mornings for runs between 3-6 miles. We welcome people of all running abilities. Visit our Run Walk page to learn more.
There is no cost to join us for our running and walking activities. If do you plan on joining us on our weekly runs & walks on a regular basis, please fill out the Frontrunners & Frontwalkers Phoenix Membership Form & Participation Waiver
Recent News & Upcoming Events
Also check out out Calendar for current & upcoming events
Time Change for our Saturday Run/Walk
On September 23 we are returning to our regular time at 8am at Murphy's Bridle Path on Central Ave. Check out the Run & Walk page for more info.
8am - Group Circle-up, announcements, stretches
8:15-ish -Group run 1 hour
REI's All Out Event -October 1
Join us as we hang out at REI in Chandler, AZ for their All Out Event.
REI is opening their doors for this exclusive after hours party featuring local community partners, outdoor brands, food, drink, music and more! Plus enter for a chance to win a $100 REI giftcard.
We will be at the store sharing info about FRFWPHX and hanging out with other local clubs with similar interests.
time: 6pm - 8pm
place: REI, 870 N 54th St, Chandler, AZ 85226, USA
More info here: https://chandlercommunityevent.splashthat.com/
Unity Run -October 1
The first Sunday of the every month is the Unity Run with various running clubs in the Phoenix Metro area. For all levels of runners to come together and celebrate the love of running.
Location: Tortoise and Hare Sports, 17570 N 75th Ave, Gelndale AZ
Come check out some of these local running clubs:
Latinos Run Phoenix, Black Men Run Phoenix, Latinas Run Phoenix, Frontrunners & Frontwalker Phoenix, Black Girls Run, Native Women Running.
REI National Coming Out Day -October 11
Join us as we hang out at REI in Chandler, AZ for National Coming Out Day
5k fun run/walk
Cave Creek Thriller -October 14
Come cheer on our very own FRFWPHX members Greg Fay & Greg Harvey! Or sign up to run one of the distances.
Celebrating 14 years, the Cave Creek Thriller sponsored by Aravaipa Running plays host to 4 different distances with the 50K and 24K options exploring the Maricopa Trail in point-to-point races before finishing inside Cave Creek Regional Park.
time: 6am - ??
place: Cave Creek Regional Park, 37019 N Lava Ln, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
50K | 24K | 11K | 5K distances available.
Check out their website:
Phoenix Pride October 21 & 22
Steele Indian Park, Noon-9pm
Javelin Jundred -October 28
Javelina Jundred is the original costumed 100 mile trail run party. Jalloween weekend, October 28-29, 2023 come join the party as Javelina turns 21! The race is held on a ~20 mile rolling single track trail course comprised mostly of the Pemberton Trail in beautiful McDowell Mountain Regional Park near Fountain Hills, Arizona.
Come out and volunteer with us! Every year we volunteer to help out Aravaipa Running and their annual Javelina Jundred.
This year FRFWPHX is manning a major water/aid station, Rattlesnake Ranch. And we have a theme too, Alice in Wonderland! Volunteering is as simple as handing out water and making sandwiches. It is a fun and rewarding way to spend a day. Contact FRFWPHX if would like to volunteer.
time: 7am -5pm
place: McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
Below is the link to the running event itself for more information or to sign up for the ultra run:
JACKASS NIGHT TRAIL (costume run)
Not ready for the 100 miles ultra but curious about this party ultra? Sign up for the one loop wonder: Jackass Night Trail ! Experience the costume party at Jackass Junction and join your friends and family out on the trail with 31KM of pure fun! Costumes welcome and encouraged. Registration now open for the ultimate night run during Javelina Jundred!