International Front Runners is an affiliation of GLBT running/walking clubs that have organized in many of larger cities around the world. Inspired by Patricia Nell Warren's novel The Front Runner, the first FrontRunner club began in San Francisco in 1974, and other FR clubs quickly began forming in the United States then in Canada and abroad.
International Front Runners took a major step in becoming a more formal body by drafting and adopting a Mission Statement and Constitution at our International Front Runner Forum in September 1999.
There are currently about a hundred Frontrunner clubs around the world and they are as diverse as where they are situated. Some of the clubs have hundreds of members, some startups only a few. Many include walkers, not just runners, and at least one club has many more walkers than runners. Some of the clubs elect officers, have bylaws and a membership dues structure, many don't. Most have regular weekly runs/walks and many also get together at local restaurants after their runs. And the fact that there are three different spellings of the name -- FrontRunners, Front Runners and Frontrunners -- is just a further example of the clubs' diversity.
If there are no clubs in your area, please consider starting one.
The International Gay Rodeo Association
(IGRA) is an organization comprised of numerous regional Gay Rodeo Associations from across the United States and Canada. IGRA, in collaboration with member associations, assist in raising and donating thousands of dollars to charity in their communities each year. The Gay and Lesbian Communities of the United States and Canada have been enriched by the educational efforts of IGRA through its sanctioning and sponsorship of the various events and activities which are a part of what we call "Gay Rodeo".
We are a growing group of Gay men from all walks of life, of all ages ranging from 20 to 55 plus and of all wrestling abilities with many of our members are beginners, some intermediate level & some are skilled. We welcome all interests and ability levels.
We welcome all who share a common interest in WRESTLING & are not worried about your sexual orientation and won't discriminate towards you if you're not a gay man. We have many bi, straight,& married men who are members who enjoy the sport of wrestling & that's what we're all about.
We began in 1993 as New England Wrestling Club & in the fall of 1996 became East Coast Wrestling Club due to our growth in members. We are growing in numbers each & every month and have members in all the New England states, across America and around the globe.
We keep in touch with our members by way of a bi-monthly newsletter which lists upcoming events, practice/workouts info, social gatherings/get togethers, tournaments, wrestling weekends and happenings that might interest members of East Coast Wrestling Club.
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