Frontrunners Boston is Boston’s first LGBTQ+ running club, founded in 1979. Every Thursday evening and every Saturday morning, we meet and go running along the Charles River. Some people go for a 3 mile loop, some for a 5.6 mile loop, and some for a 7.8 mile loop. Some people walk, some people run. Everybody has a good time.

Our typical meeting times are every Thursday at 7pm in or outside the MIT Student Center in Cambridge and every Saturday at 10am in front of Club Cafe at 209 Columbus Avenue (near the corner of Berkeley & Columbus) in the Boston Public Garden near the tall flagpole. Wear a mask.

On occasion we switch things up. This summer, we sometimes ran on Thursday evenings from Davis Square in Somerville to Shannon Beach in Mystic Lakes State Park and swam. For up-to-date information about our plans this week, please join our Facebook group.

Come out and run with us this week!

About Us

Frontrunners Boston is Boston's first running club for LGBTQ+ runners and allies, founded in 1979. We welcome and encourage runners of all ages and running abilities to participate in our community. We are an affiliate of International Front Runners, an organization representing LGBT running and walking clubs from around the world.


Email Ryan Nicoll at rnicoll {{at}} brandeis {{dot}} edu (replace the {{at}} and {{dot}} with @ and ., respectively.)

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Saturday Run

Saturday Run is our main weekly activity. Come out and join us every Saturday at 10 am (9 am on the Saturday of Pride) in front of Club Cafe at 209 Columbus Avenue (near the corner of Berkeley & Columbus) near the tall flagpole in Boston’s Public Garden, wearing a mask.

If you need to drop off your stuff, show up a bit early and drop it off in one of our members’ cars. After the run, we wait until everyone returns and then chat at a distance. If the public health situation allows it, we will get food from places nearby (such as Flour, Boloco, or Au Bon Pain) and hang out and eat at the Boston Public Garden (when the weather is nice) or at the lobby of the Atrium on St. James Ave (when the weather is not so nice).

How to get to the run

The meeting point is very easy to get to by the subway. The closest T station is Arlington on the Green Line; Back Bay Station on the Orange Line is not far. If you are driving, there are plenty of 2-hour metered parking spots and the Common Garage.

Route maps

There are three different loops, varying by where you want to turn around. If you're a newcomer, at least one of us will be running with you to make sure you're not lost.

Please note that our current routes start in the Public Garden rather than at Club Café.

  1. 3 miles. Start off the same as everyone but turn around once you get to the river
  2. ~6 miles. Crossing Harvard bridge.
  3. ~8 miles. Skip Harvard Bridge, run to BU Bridge, cross the river, and get back. This route is tricky. Note how we cut through the BU campus on the map.

Thursday Run

Thursday Run starts at 7pm in Cambridge. We meet outside (or inside when it is cold) the MIT Student Center.

If you're coming for the first time and/or need a place to store your things, you should definitely reach out to the Facebook group or e-mail rnicoll {{at}} brandeis {{dot}} edu.

How to get to the run

The run is between the Central and Kendall/MIT stops on the Red Line. It is about a 0.5 mile walk from each station. The No. 1 bus also brings you right near the MIT Student Center, as well.

Route map

  1. 4.5 miles. This is the route everyone takes on Thursday. We start at the MIT Student Center and end outside Saloniki, a restaurant a bit further down the street where we started.

How do I participate?

The best way is to join us is to run with us on a Saturday. We welcome new members of all ages, sizes, and running mileages. Out-of-towners and visitors are welcome as well. All you need to do is to show up and run! We are very friendly people. More detail on Saturday runs can be found here. And to stay updated with our club updates and news, please join our Front Runners Boston Facebook group.

What should I expect on my first Saturday run?

First, look for good looking people in running gear on Saturday morning and say hi. We are always keen on welcoming new members. We will go around and introduce ourselves before we start running. At least one of us will be running with you to make sure you’re not lost.

Besides Saturday runs, what else do you guys do?

We have our Thursday run at 7 pm in Cambridge outside of the MIT Student Center. In addition to this, we occasionally have social events or run races outside of Boston together. You should definitely join or subscribe to our facebook group as we actively post our next social events, upcoming races, updates, etc. on the page. We also advertise these events at the beginning of Saturday run.

Is there a membership fee?

No. The club is free and open to everyone. No registrations, secret handshakes, or hanky codes.

I still have questions. Can I talk to someone?

Email us at rnicoll {{at}} brandeis {{dot}} edu (replace the {{at}} and {{dot}} with @ and ., respectively.)

Boston Pride (2018)

Great group on the morning of Boston Pride!

July Social (2017)

We had our monthly social at Cathedral Station in the South End!

Saturday Brunch

Outdoor brunch in the public garden after a Saturday Run!