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Commuting Between SFO/SAN – weekly . .

August 27, 2017 — By John Lockhart   Tom Murray and Erik Lee have been commuting since they joined SDFR&W in August—Monday-Friday it’s live/work in San Francisco, come Friday afternoon it’s fly to San Diego for the weekend. Tom, an attorney, is in high tech, and Erik is a psychiatric nurse.  Liking the San Diego lifestyle, they decided to try the Friday PM commute...

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Renaissance Man Is Runner Extraordinaire

July 31, 2017 — Meet Andrew Suozzo By John Lockhart  Andrew Suozzo taught French language, literature, and culture over a 44-year university career, thirty-three of which were at DePaul University in Chicago, where he set a record of achievement and recognition that included guest lecturer turns at several U.S. universities. Simultaneously, he was a trailblazer in advocating what are known today as LGBT Studies...

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I Love Paris....

July 31, 2017 — By John Lockhart   . . . every moment” of the year, so go the lyrics to Cole Porter’s classic paean to the City of Light, immortalized in renditions from Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. And so, too will San Diego Front Runners and Walkers who journey to Paris August 4-12, 2018 for Gay Games X.  There's something for everyone: 36...

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Manny Briseno - Man Of Fortune

June 29, 2017 — By John Lockhart The Real Thing:  Manny is a San Diego native who grew up in Chula Vista,  is an alum of San Diego State University, and works for the City of San Diego.   In 2001, he walked 'aboard' Front Runners and Walkers, as it were,  eased into club runs and has kept going right up to and through...

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Cory Sager & Marathons

May 28, 2017 — By John Lockhart  New member Cory joined up in May, drawn by the club’s reputation as a great place to train for distance running, having conquered three 26.2 milers in his home state, Ohio, beginning in 2014 and in Houston, Texas earlier this year, and the San Diego Half for good measure. His marathon PR is a moving 3:49, with...

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At the Marathon Ready!

May 11, 2017 — By John Lockhart    Liz is a double Vet—at least—the U.S. Navy and “about five or six memorable marathons, including the ”Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Right now she’s training for that primo race next month and hoping for “June Gloom.”  Liz posts a marathon PR of 4:39.   Joining up with FR&W San Diego in December, Liz likes running and training...

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From Wellington to San Francisco to San Diego

April 5, 2017 — By John Lockhart Alan is a March 2017 San Diego arrival via San Francisco and Wellington, New Zealand, where he lived for the past 12 years. He came here ‘for the weather,’ family and friends. Knowing about the club from being in San Diego earlier, Alan says his reconnection was easy, and part of a “return home.” He likes distance...

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Welcome Gretchen & Maryanne

March 25, 2017 — By John Lockhart  Both joined the club on a sunny Saturday, March 17, 2017,  St. Patrick’s Day.  Gretchen Byerly describes herself as doing “a little bit of walking and a little bit of running,” while Maryanne Spacher has “five-mile running goals.” She completed the 2016 Carlsbad Half Marathon, and incorporates the 5 and 10K distances into the mix. They learned...

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Hello Todd, Scarlett & Zhivago

March 16, 2017 — . . . Welcome! Todd Bell arrived in San Diego five years ago from San Francisco. He joined in February, and likes the exercise, camaraderie and ‘good deeds’ of the club.  A walker, Todd strides out on Saturdays with the walking group for a three-miler, and racks up another three on a weekday.  A business person, Todd owns and operates Party...

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March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb

March 12, 2017 — "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb" ..... says the proverb.  And Steve Rico joined FR&W on Saturday March 4. Prediction—a great running season.   A Talmadge resident, Steve describes himself as a San Diego person ‘since the second grade.’    Running five to eight miles about three times a week, Steve’s sights are set on...

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Oatmeal and Ice Cream: Yummy or Yucky?

February 13, 2017 —   BY JOHN LOCKHART PHOTOGRAPHS BY BOB LEYH And for breakfast? Yummy, at the FR&W brunch installation of club leaders on a sunny Saturday morning, January 28, 2017, after the club’s regular runs and walks in Balboa Park and adjacent ‘hoods, at the East Clairemont Mesa home of Terry Trevino and Wayne Johnson. Oatmeal, aka Oat Porridge is high in...

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Prediction Run 2017

January 4, 2017 — On a beautiful New Year's morning, 14 runners and walkers fulfilled their practical goal of starting the year right with a run or walk along a new route, curated by Debbie Chaddock. Under the watchful eyes of Doug Book and Ed Karas, each participant turned in their timing devices and predicted their proposed times along routes around the park and...

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2016 Chair – Andy Kleinke and Vice-Chair, Dave Hallen

November 9, 2016 — 35th Anniversary member series by John Lockhart An interview with the 2016 leadership of Front Runners & Walkers, San Diego after AIDS Run and walk event in San Diego Andy—Grew up in Northern California, undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz, graduate degree from Boston University in Chemistry. Arriving in San Diego to begin a new position in 2013, he joined...

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Member Interview: Mary Severine (co-chair 1986-1987)

November 6, 2016 — Member Interview: Mary Severine (Co-chair 1986-1987) by John Lockhart - part of our 35th Anniversary Member series   Let’s play catch-up, you and your spouse, Barbara Morton, lived in San Diego for many years, then moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and returned a few years ago. Tell me about it.  Santa Fe is a wonderful place for arts and culture,...

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Meet Jeff Wynne, co founder of FRWSD

November 3, 2016 — Member feature series by John Lockhart In 1981 when you co-founded Front Runners, your fitness game was running, flash forward 35 years, and what’s the 2016 game? The game has changed due to a knee injury, but it’s based on what I learned from Front Runners during the early years. I’m out walking every week in Mission Trails Regional Park...

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Meet Bob Leyh, co-chair 2000

November 3, 2016 — 35th Anniversary member series by John Lockhart In 2000, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was in force. As a sailor, how did you factor in leading a gay and lesbian running club and perhaps kicked out of the Navy. Never mentioned, our unit was the Helicopter Tactics Wing on North Island. The Captain and top staff all knew that I was...

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Meet Debbie Chaddock, Stretch Coach, and former Co-chair

October 27, 2016 — 35th Anniversary Member series by John Lockhart Stepping back, figuratively to 1985, what changes do you see in Front Runners and Walkers over the past 31 years? Before computers, things were handwritten or typed, including the club newsletter. We used the telephone for basic communication including the ‘telephone tree’ to reach people. The wonder of the day was the answering...

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Meet member: Gary Ventura

October 27, 2016 — 35th Anniversary member series by John Lockhart Gary ran the La Jolla half marathon, “my first and last,” in 2004, a year after joining the club, Nowadays, he walks 4-5 miles most mornings, and tops off at Sixth & Laurel on Saturday with the club. He’s frequently seen at 24HR Hillcrest pedaling the elliptical, lifting some weights, and taking yoga...

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Meet Navy Dan!

October 19, 2016 — by John Lockhart Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, and a self-described Navy brat, Dan is now a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, stationed aboard the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier home-ported at North Island. He’s part of a team that monitors the ship’s nuclear power reactor to insure the health of the crew. A marathon runner since college days, Dan...

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Meet former co-chair Carol Clark (2000)

October 19, 2016 — 35th Anniversary series by John Lockhart Recruited to be club co-chair, were you an eager and glad recruit, and what was the real experience like? Apprehensive! I had only been in the club for six months when I was approached about becoming co-chair. Many people, including past co-chairs encouraged me. From those conversations I learned about the position and the...

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Meet our newest members – Jerel & Michael

October 11, 2016 — Member series by John Lockhart - part of our 35th Anniversary special A newly minted club member, Jerel, a Boston transplant via LA, arrived in San Diego in September. In 2013, Jerel ran the Boston marathon. When he was half a mile from the finish tragedy struck, and the race was stopped. Having his phone, Jerel called his partner, who...

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Barbara Morton shares her story

October 11, 2016 — by John Lockhart In 1982 I joined Front Runners at the suggestion of a co-worked, Jeff Wynne, just as I was coming out. It was scary to show up, but I did, and pretended to be a runner—from Sixth & Laurel to Marston Point and back. Over the years the club has helped me get over shyness, though I still...

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Transplant finds sun to run – Katrina Sweat

October 4, 2016 — 35th Anniversary Member series by John Lockhart Hailing from Seattle, Katrina arrived in San Diego about a year ago. A runner, she likes distances of 4-8 miles, and is a regular at the Saturday runs. During the week she adds three or more runs of similar distance in her neighborhood. Katrina’s race history includes 5 and 10 Ks. She joined...

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Past Co-chair Feature: Jerry Buckley: 2011, 2012

October 4, 2016 — 35th Anniversary series by John Lockhart With the advantage of hindsight, 2011 was perhaps one of transition for Front Runners & Walkers. What’s your take, and what happened during your watch? I joined in 2006 and found the club a good connection with like-minded people that I enjoyed. I was in New York City for all of 2009 and part...

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Meet Ed Karas

September 25, 2016 — A new feature in our 35th Anniversary series by John Lockhart The Saturday morning “Guardian,” Ed keeps a watch over HQ, phones, watches, bags, and the occasional dog, along with water brought by club volunteers, as runners and walkers do their thing in Balboa Park and club-organized courses of 3-6 miles that include University Avenue-Hillcrest/Air & Space Museum and Seaport...

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Carol Pierce, co-founder, co-chair 1981-82, 2006

September 25, 2016 — Interview in our 35th Anniversary series by John Lockhart In 1981, after you and Jeff Wynne sounded the call for gay and lesbian runners to meet on a summer Saturday for an 8AM fun run at Sixth and Laurel in Balboa Park, what did you expect and what happened? On July 7th, seven or eight men and women showed up....

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35th Anniversary Member Feature Series – Jaden Langford

September 18, 2016 — *Celebrating Front Runners & Walkers San Diego members and past co-chairs during 2016, the club’s 35th anniversary interviews by John Lockhart* Hailing from Canada, Jaden arrived in San Diego last year after a stint in LA, and joined the club “right away.” During his first year, he ran two half marathons—La Jolla in April, his first, and sans training, “I...

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Meet Randi Dropkin

September 18, 2016 — Celebrating Front Runners & Walkers San Diego members and past co-chairs during 2016, the club’s 35th anniversary JOHN LOCKHART A club member since 1994, Randi is often at Sixth & Laurel Saturday mornings for 2.5+ mile walk—and repeats the distance five days a week. Yoga, cardio, and stretch classes make for a super-athletic week! She likes Saturday club breakfasts, the...

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Past Board Member – Eurika Strotto (nee Otto) passes away

June 23, 2016 — We are saddened to report that Eurika Strotto, a former active member and board member of Front Runners, passed away June 12.  She had been bravely dealing with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) in the last few years.   She is survived by her wife Juanita.  For those who met Eurika, she was always smiling and welcoming to new members and...

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The Blog that Ken Built

April 18, 2016 — Interview by John Lockhart About Ken Pahkim and his running— No prelims for Ken! His first-ever race was completing the AFC Half Marathon in 2002. Ken credits his success to the club and the Front Runners and Walkers members who motivated him, especially Denis Desmond, James Harman and Brian Jackson for encouraging him at Saturday runs, going out with him...

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San Diego FR&W go to the Show!

March 7, 2016 — By John Lockhart A high-spirited crowd of club members joined the Diversionary Theatre sold out house on Thursday evening, March 3, 2016 for a performance of “Now Or Later,” by Christopher Shinn. The club’s Jerry Hick, a Diversionary Theatre trustee and the treasurer, put the evening together for the 27 club theatregoers. From 6 to 7PM,  everyone mixed, and mingled...

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