About International Front Runners

The IFR Mission Statement:

International Front Runners is an affiliation of Frontrunners clubs which promotes the sports of running, walking and related athletic activities for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders and their supporters; which supports the formation activities of Front Runner clubs; which supports communications between FrontRunners clubs and the wider community; which facilitates inter-club events; and which selects a representative to the Federation of Gay Games.

The IFR Mission Statement & Constitution was adopted at the 1999 IFR Meeting held in Philadelphia. It was last amended in December 2001 as a result of changes in representation to the Federation of Gay Games.

IFR Mission Statement & Constitution ( pdf)

A Little Bit of History

See the following for a overview of the origins of International Front Runners.


The following was written by Bud Budlong, one of the organizers of the first Front Runner club - San Francisco FrontRunners.

FrontRunners - How It All Began

General Meetings

On a regular basis, delegates from clubs all over the world meet to discuss issues and topics relevant to Frontrunners and their clubs. The minutes of these meetings are below. (Note: prior to 2000, bi-annual Front Runners meetings were called "Forums". Meetings were scheduled yearly with the adoption of the IFR Constitution at the 1999 Forum in Philadelphia.)

2001 MeetingSan Diego, California, USA. ( pdf)
2000 MeetingBerlin, Germany. ( pdf)
1999 ForumPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. ( pdf)
1997 ForumOrlando, Florida, USA.
1995 ForumSan Francisco, California, USA.
1993 ForumWashington, D.C., USA.
1992 MeetingLong Beach, California, USA.*
1991 ForumToronto, Ontario, CANADA.
1989 ForumChicago, Illinois, USA.
1987 ForumChicago, Illinois, USA.

   * a Forum-like discussion held during the International Frontrunners Invitational (IFI) weekend

IFR Events

In addition to General Meetings, Front Runners have held major athletic/social events between Gay Games years where members of all Front Runners come together:
International Frontrunners Invitational 1996Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
International Frontrunners Invitational 1992Long Beach, California, USA.( pdf)
International Frontrunners Convention 1988New York, New York, USA.( pdf)