Our History

Phoenix Frontrunners, Inc. (PHXFR) has a long and exciting history. We started out in the Phoenix Metropolitan area in 1999 and initially incorporated as Arizona Frontrunners, Inc. in 2001. We started our group 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 events weekly.

2013 brought big change for us as we worked to rename ourselves to Phoenix Frontrunners, Inc. (PHXFR). This was done to align our name with our main city, which is also helping us align with our peer Front Runner organizations across the United States. In 2013, we also became a not-for-profit corporation focused on education.

We have produced and executed 16 annual Pride Run & Walk events with our 2014 Pride Run & Walk event being one of our most exciting. We kicked it up a notch in 2014 and introduced our first 10K run. We also introduced a 5K walk instead of our usual 3K walk. The run and walk also moved to central Phoenix where we introduced our new USATF certified course.

2015 will prove to be another exciting year for us as we work to introduce our new USATF certified courses in central Phoenix. The 17th annual Pride Run & Walk will be sure to please with the introduction of a half marathon, which will be complimented by 10K and 5K run and 5K and 3K walk offerings. This won’t be your average event and will be a must-do for all running and walking enthusiasts.

Our Roots:

Phoenix Frontrunners, Inc. is a chapter of International Front Runners (www.frontrunners.org). The Front Runner organizations take their name from “The Front Runner”, a novel by Patricia Nell Warren, which was first published in 1974. It is a love story about a proud, out, world-class college distance runner and his coach, and their struggle to compete in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The first Front Runner group started in San Francisco in 1974 and adopted their name in 1978. The concept of an international organization began in 1986.