Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 2012 Page: 29 of 56
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Recently all but dead, Lin Wang helped Frontrunners catch its second wind
RICH LOPEZ I Staff Writer
When Lin Wang came to Dallas and
thought about joining the DFW Frontrunners,
he encountered a fizzled-out band of running
enthusiasts with an expired website.
"1 found an email to an old contact, but
no one answered," Wang says. "Then I
learned from someone that it died out a few
But Wang's enthusiasm is infectious,
and his spirit has helped bring the group
back to life.
Frontrunners isn't just a Dallas thing —
it's an international affiliation of LGBT run-
ning and walking clubs that first began 28
years ago in San Francisco. Wang had been
an active member of both the Pittsburgh and
Netv York City chapters, so when he moved
to Dallas in the summer of 2010, he was sur-
prised to find that in a city of its size, the
group basically didn't exist.
"I don't know why it went away," he
sayS. "With all the other sports groups, there
is such a demand for athletics in this large
So he started the rebuilding.
DFW Frontrunners had been out-of-
date that the international association told
him to just register the group as "new." With
the help of Julio Chong, the group changed
its meeting place from White Rock Lake on
Saturday mornings to a more central spot in
Lee Park. For the group to succeed, Wang felt
it needed to be closer in the 'hood.
"Julio and I did this together," Wang
says. "We started small, but the biggest group
we've had is about 15 members and we now
have close to 20 active members."
Wang recalls the decisions to have the
first group meeting last June.
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DFW Frontrunners members Steven, left, and Kevin, right, set the pace with new members like Moe, center, to
powerwalk for fitness with the group when they meet every Saturday morning to hit the KatyTrail.
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