After 53 weeks of canceled events, East Bay Front Runners & Walkers resumed Saturday morning run/walks on March 27, 2021! We will continue each week according to our Saturday Run & Walk schedule (scroll down to view).
For the time being only EBFRW members in good standing are permitted to participate in Saturday run/walks. Check back for updates on when we will resume welcoming new participants. Also we are not offering club-organized food or post-run/walk brunch as yet. Check back for updates.
Members must sign a liability waiver to participate and observe these rules to help ensure a COVID-safe environment for club members and the community. NOTE: If you have already signed the waiver, you do not need to do so again.
Membership dues help the club pay for annual expenses such as liability insurance, entry fees for pride events, permits, our website, etc. Dues are paid annually and our membership drive season is from December through February since many club expenses occur at the beginning of the year. For new members only, 1/2 year memberships are available after July 1. *If you prefer to mail in your membership form, contact us and we will e-mail you a membership form.
2020 Members: The deadline for dues renewal has been extended to June 30, 2021, If you need assistance with your renewal, contact a club officer or email treasurer Terry Hudson.
Annual dues begin being accepted on December 1 every year.
$20.00 -- INDIVIDUAL: SENIORS (65+), STUDENTS, YOUNG ADULTS (18 - 30)
$30.00 -- INDIVIDUAL
$30.00 -- HOUSEHOLD: SENIORS (65+), STUDENTS, YOUNG ADULTS (18-30)
$40.00 -- HOUSEHOLD
Effective July 1 of every year. NEW MEMBERS ONLY!
$10.00 -- INDIVIDUAL: SENIORS (65+), STUDENTS, YOUNG ADULTS (18-30)
$15.00 -- INDIVIDUAL
$15.00 -- HOUSEHOLD: SENIORS (65+), STUDENTS, YOUNG ADULTS (18-30)
$20.00 -- HOUSEHOLD
Founded: 1984. We are part of an International Frontrunner community that began in San Francisco in 1974.
Our Mission: Promote running and walking for the LGBTQ community. Allies welcome.
Where we meet: On the East side of the San Francisco Bay every Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. We meet at different East Bay scenic locations. Scroll down to see our monthly rotation of venues.
Distances: Running distances range from 3–8 miles and walking distances range from 2–4 miles.
All levels welcome: Our regular Saturday running and walking gatherings are non-competitive and self-paced. All paths and trails are accessible to runners and walkers alike.
Brunch: After our runs & walks we meet for brunch at a local restaurant. Brunch is optional. Everyone pays for their own meal.
Membership: Annual dues pay for club activities (e.g., insurance, pride events, website, etc.). Feel free to join us on a Saturday without paying dues and if you decide you would like to support our club, become a paid member.
RUN OR WALK WITH US THIS WEEKEND!
While the Saturday morning runs/walks are our club's staple, we also enjoy social and community events. Potlucks, summer BBQs, movie nights, Oakland A's Pride night baseball game as well as participating in community races are some of what we do socially. We also give back to our community by staffing water stations at marathons, having a booth and/or marching in local pride events, and having a team in the AIDS walk.
Our signature event of the year is our annual Pride Run and Walk at Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA. in honor of National Coming Out Day, October 11. Offering a 5K walk, a 5K run, and a 10K run, this event not only brings together our LGBTQ community but also supports local LGBTQ organizations who are chosen as beneficiaries of the event. Past beneficiaries include the Pacific Center for Human Growth, the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center, Oakland Gay Men's Chorus and the Midway Shelter of Alameda.
Located in Alameda, this venue offers bayside walks and runs with views of the water, San Francisco and Oakland. Walk or run up to 4 miles (out and back) or run a 5.7 mile loop course. Meet at the end of Veterans Court.
Brunch is at La Penca Azul: 891-B Island Drive, Alameda, CA. 94502.
Located at Lake Merritt, this course offers a 3.1 mile walk or run (one circuit of Lake Merritt) or 6.2 mile run (two loops). Enjoy great views of the lake and Oakland skyline. Meet at Camron Stanford House: 1418 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612. Metered parking is available on surrounding streets.
Brunch is at Lakeshore Cafe: 3251 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610.
Located alongside the the Emeryville Marina, this venue offers stunning views of San Francisco and the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges. The out and back course features walks up to 4 miles and runs up to 6.8 miles. Address is 3310 Powell Street. Meet at end of the two-lane street next to the pier. Park in the lot, but make note of spots with permit restrictions.
Brunch is at Doyle Street Cafe: 5515 Doyle Street #10, Emeryville, CA, 94608.
Located in scenic Tilden Park, this rolling hill paved trail course offers commanding views of San Francisco, the bay, and surrounding mountains. Walk up to 4 miles or run up to 8 miles (out and back). Address is Wildcat Canyon Road, Orinda. Meet at beginning of trail near restrooms at the end of parking lot near Tilden Park sign. Parking is also available along one side of Wildcat Canyon Road.
Brunch is at Fatapple's: 7525 Fairmount Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530.
Located along the bay shoreline, this course offers out and back walks up to 4 miles and runs up to 6 miles. Enjoy the shorebirds and views of planes landing at Oakland International Airport. The San Leandro Marina Park Parking Lot South address is 13791 Monarch Bay Drive, however we meet at the southern end of Monarch Bay Drive past Marina Park just before the estuary. There is also parking along Monarch Bay Drive.
Brunch is at The Mexican Bar and Restaurant: 19950 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward, CA 94541.
Located at the Lake Chabot Marina, this scenic course offers out and back walks up to 3.4 miles and runs up to 6.8 miles on paved trails traversing rolling hills. Address is 17600 Lake Chabot Road. Meet near the restrooms past the parking lot following the trail when entering the park. There is a $5 fee to park in the lot. Free parking (sometimes crowded) is available along Lake Chabot Rd and Fairmont Dr, a 5–10 minute walk from the meet up.
Brunch is at JP's Family Restaurant and Sports Lounge: 3600 Castro Valley Boulevard, Castro Valley, CA 94546.
I joined EBFRW in 2003, and served as president from 2005 through 2009 and 2020 & 2021. I’ve run dozens of races including five marathons, but wouldn’t have attempted the first one if not for the support of my friends at EBFRW.
Avid couch potato to a half marathoner in the 2008 Bidwell Classic in Chico, CA, then to a marathoner in the inaugural Santa Barbara International Marathon in December of 2009 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. These accomplishments I would have to attribute to my friends in EBFRW. I’ve been a member since 2006!
I have been running/walking for about 13 years. My favorite distance is the 5k and have completed many races. I am in my 11th year as Treasurer of EBFRW.
I've been a runner/walker since 1977. I have completed 55 marathons and hundreds of shorter distance races. I have been a member of EBFRW since the summer of 2006. I have served as President, Vice President & Secretary.
I started as a couch potato and have since run 2 marathons, 30 half marathons and dozens of other distances. I’m also a USATF and RRCA running coach, as well as a RRCA State Rep .
EBFRW's 16th Annual Pride Run & Walk is in the books. By all accounts this event was a huge success! Read on to see if you agree.
Held as a virtual event due to the pandemic, we had 62 registered runners and walkers, with 48 reporting results. Participants hailed from five states plus the District of Columbia. A number of California participants live beyond the Bay Area, including Santa Cruz, Sonora and Palm Springs.
We thank those of you who shared your thoughts about the event. We agree wholeheartedly with many of you: it is so important to keep our community together as best we can during these strange times.
Thanks too to everyone who sent photos showcasing this year's virtual race bib, and thanks as well to Steve Scholl for creating a brief but elegant slideshow which you can view by clicking on the button below.
We also thank our own Todd Trumbull for creating this year's magnificent "We Quarantine with Pride" logo.
Thanks to those who joined our kickoff party. DJ Allyssa kept us dancing through two hot sets of music. We were thrilled to have IFR Western U.S. Representative Michael Ambrose and RRCA President George Rehmet get things underway with interesting and inspiring remarks.
We especially thank all of our participants for making this event possible. Your enthusiasm for this virtual event is truly uplifting; there's that community thing again! And a big thank you as well to those of you who sent a separate donation or added one to your registration fee. Race fees and donations support the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center and the Pacific Center for Human Growth in addition to EBFRW.
We look forward to seeing you in person at our 2021 Pride Run and Walk, planned for Saturday, October 9 at the Lake Merritt Sailboat House in Oakland. Of course we hope to see you way before then too!
Click below to view a one-minute slideshow showcasing photos sent in by race participants and artfully created by our own Steve Scholl. Enjoy!
As always, we offered three race catgories: 5K walk, 5K run, and 10K. Here are the participants with the fastest times:
Full results are available here by race category:
Click below to see photos from our 15th Annual Pride Run and Walk. Enjoy!
Click below to find your results for the 2019 Pride Run & Walk
Have a question about our Saturday runs and walks, community events, Pride Run or Walk, or anything else, feel free to ask us! We'll get back to you as soon as we can.
PO Box 71722, Oakland, CA 94612