Phoenix Frontrunners, Inc.


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 activities every week.

2013 brought significant change for us as we worked to rename ourselves to Phoenix Frontrunners, Inc. (PHXFR). We did this to align our name with our city location, which also helps us align with our peer Front Runner organizations across the United States. In 2013, we also became a nonprofit corporation focused on education.

Our Roots:

Phoenix Frontrunners, Inc. started out as a chapter of International Front Runners Front Runner organizations take their name from “The Front Runner” novel by Patricia Nell Warren, which 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 organization started in San Francisco in 1974 and adopted their name in 1978. The concept for the international organization began back in 1986.

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