DC Front Runners Washington, DC's LGBTQ+ Running & Walking Club

Board of Directors

Elected Members

MICK BULLOCK, Club Coordinator
LARRY LEE, Walking Coordinator
JR PRICE, Treasurer
JUSTIN FRITSCHER, Secretary and Archivist
NORMAN REICH, Race Co-Director
TIM VASKE, Men’s Outreach Coordinator
MAURA HACKETT, Women’s Outreach Coordinator

Appointed Members

JEREMY GARRETT, Member Engagement Coordinator
BLAKE RUSHIN, Membership
LISA BLACK, Webmaster
SOCRATES TIGLAO, eNews Editor and Communications
JOSHUA YANKOVIC, Apparel Coordinator

Elected Member Bios

Mick Bullock
Club Coordinator

A proud southerner, avid traveler and lover of all food, Mick has been an active member of the DC Front Runners for since 2015. Having completed numerous half marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks, Mick is always looking for the next run with fellow DC Front Runners. When Mick is not running, he is working for the National Conference of State Legislatures as their Director of Public Affairs. Or you might find him with his partner enjoying a glass of wine in the Virginia countryside.

Larry Lee
Walking Coordinator

Larry Lee (née Sternbane) moved to DC from Phoenix in early 2004. Larry worked as a shift supervisor at the Starbucks at 21st & P, and he quickly noticed a group of runners that would frequent the shop on Saturday mornings. He made inquiries, joined that group, and shortly thereafter found himself running 10Ks and ten milers. His fondest running memory is that of finishing the 2015 New York Marathon; his next-fondest is running the Army Ten Miler in 2017, just hours after getting married, accompanied by friends from all over the world.

JR Price

JR has been running since middle school and concentrated on the 400 meter dash and pole vaulting during college.  After college, JR moved to DC and joined the DC Front Runners in 2013.  Over the years, he has developed some great friendships with fellow members and met my husband at the Taras Shevchenko Statue during a weekly Tuesday/Thursday night run.  JR is a tax consultant and has a 9 year old daughter that you will often see at runs.

Justin Fritscher
Secretary & Archivist

Justin joined DC Front Runners in May 2015 to get to know new people and improve running abilities after moving to Washington, D.C. Justin admires the many talented runners as well as the welcoming nature of the group. Outside of running, Justin is a communications coordinator with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and enjoys traveling, cooking (gumbo!) and spending time with friends and family.

Andrew Powaleny
Co-Race Director

Andrew joined DC Front Runners in May of 2016, after he ran the Walt Disney World Half-Marathon as Peter Pan. While he loves running, it's the camaraderie, friendship and safe environment for LGBTQA’s he enjoys most about DC Front Runners. As one of the DC Front Runners co-race directors beginning in the 2017-2018 circuit, Andrew is focused on providing membership with unique and challenging races to participate in while having fun along the way. While he has completed two marathons over 70 competitive races, Andrew believes first and foremost that running should be fun and done with a smile - or at least a fake grin for the camera. Look for his cheesy news reports to and maybe you’ll spot Trish along the way.

Norman Reich
Co-Race Director

Norman Reich started running in April 2015, and a few weeks later set his goal at completing the 40th Marine Corps Marathon that fall. Goal achieved! As of August 2018 he has completed 8 marathons and 100 races total. His first DC Front Runner event was the party following the first marathon, and the friendliness of fellow runners is what kept him coming back. The DC Front Runner family has given a lot to him, and he would love to continue to give back everything he can.  He has served as the Race Co-Director since September 2017, using his knowledge of previous race circuits and from his love of running to try to make the running and racing experience the best he can for all members.

Tim Vaske
Men's Outreach Coordinator

As a member of the DC Front Runners, I am excited to be part of an amazing community which embraces health, acceptance, and respect for its members. To me, DC Front Runners isn’t just a running/walking club, rather it’s a group within which I feel welcome and where I have been able to build an extended network of friends/family, all while staying physically active and healthy. As one of the outreach coordinators, I am excited to work alongside Maura and the rest of the board to continue to support the club, and its members, as it continues to grow over the coming year.

Maura Hackett
Women's Outreach Coordinator

Maura first joined the DC Front Runners in 2007 and has become an avid fan of running with this group of wonderful people and treasures the friendships she has formed over the years. She has run many races  including multiple Ragnar relays, assisted with the DCFR Pride Run, and is a member of the DCFR Dance Troupe that performs with Capital Pride.  She would love to have more women participate. Her goal as Women's Outreach Coordinator is to increase the presence of DC Front Runners within the women's community and help women feel more comfortable participating in this welcoming group where the male/female ratio is in favor of men.


Appointed Member Bios

Jeremy Garrett
Membership Engagement Coordinator

I am excited to join the DC Front Runners Board in the new Membership Engagement Coordinator position! I have been a member of DC Front Runners since 2011 and the club has become a very important part of my life through which I have made so many wonderful friendships. I regularly attend the weekly runs and last spring I was one of the co-coaches for the Spring track program. When not running or working, I enjoy traveling often accompanied by fellow DC Front Runner members.

Blake Rushin

Blake has been a member for over 15 years. She served on the board for six years, as outreach coordinator, female outreach coordinator, and became a membership co-coordinator in 2012. She enjoys both our running and social activities. In addition to being an active participant in our race circuit, she enjoys social activities as well as coaching for 5Ks, performing a wide variety of outreach efforts to increase membership, and organizing ticket sales for the Night Out at the Nationals. Blake values the club most for the lasting friendships she has developed and being part of the Front Runner family.

Lisa Black

Lisa joined DC Front Runners after taking a break from running during grad school. Looking for a group social enough to motivate her off the couch, Lisa tried a number of local groups before settling on DCFR. It was the welcoming members that had her signing up after the first run and have kept her coming back years later!

Socrates Tiglao
eNews & Communications

In an effort to improve his health, Socrates began running in early 2014 as a hobby to get in shape. As his love for running grew, he signed up for his first race ever: the 2nd annual DCFR Pride Run 5K. That weekend he was invited to join the group by members at the Pride Festival. Since joining the club, he has run countless races from 5K's to full marathons. Socrates is no stranger to the board: he previously served as co-race director for three terms between 2015 and 2017. Outside of the group, Socrates works as an interior designer, loves to travel, and is a father to a yorkie-poodle mix named Brutus.

Joshua Yankovic
Apparel Coordinator