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

Board of Directors

Elected Members

SOCRATES TIGLAO, Club Coordinator
RENE T., Walking Coordinator
JOHN GRUNERT, Secretary and Archivist
NORMAN REICH, Race Co-Director
JEREMY GARRETT, Race Co-Director
BRANDON WILLIAMS, Men’s Outreach Coordinator
MAURA HACKETT, Women’s Outreach Coordinator

Appointed Members

BLAKE RUSHIN, Membership
MATTHEW PRIEBE, eNews Editor and Communications
JONATHAN D., Apparel Coordinator

Elected Member Bios

Socrates Tiglao
Club Coordinator

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 Apparel Coordinator, Race Co-Director, and eNews Editor. Outside of the group, Socrates works as an interior designer, loves to travel, and is a father to a yorkie-poodle mix named Brutus.

Rene T.
Walking Coordinator

Rene is a Californian and has been involved with the DCFRs since 2011. Although he has taken a sabbatical from running races, he loves walking with DCFRs and finding hidden gems in our nation’s capital. He also believes that DCFR walks provide a terrific space for members and visitors to meet and connect with new and old friends. Rene is serving as walking coordinator because the organization has given him many meaningful friendships and he wants others to have positive experiences with the group!

Rene received his bachelor and master degrees from UCLA. He works for the federal government and lives in Washington, DC. Outside of the DCFRs, you can find Rene at a Costco where he has been a member since 2006.

Joshua Yankovic
John G.
Secretary & Archivist

John became a member of Front Runners New York in 2011 and became a member of DC Front Runners upon moving to Washington, DC in 2016. John has been a runner since high school and with DC Front Runners he has run 5Ks, 10-milers, Half Marathons, and Marathons, and participated in club volunteer and social events. He looks forward to contributing as club Secretary this year.

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.

Jeremy Garrett
Co-Race Director

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.

Brandon Williams
Men's Outreach Coordinator

I joined DC Front Runners in 2018. Since joining, I have felt the club became an integral part of my life transitioning from South Carolina to DC. The DCFR club was my gateway to settling into DC. From monthly happy hours, spring track program, the Pride Run, and other club gatherings, I was able to make DC home for me. I am able to do a healthy activity I enjoy, and at the same time I have made wonderful friendships that have turned into my DC family. As Men’s Outreach Coordinator, I want everyone, current and future members, to feel the same way about DCFR as I do. I want to make lasting connections between members and the community.

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

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.

Matthew Priebe
eNews & Communications

I joined DC Front Runners in 2013, after the Navy stationed me in DC. It is an amazing group, and I have built many great friendships through it. I have a love/hate relationship with marathons and have completed races in the US, Germany, Greece, Djibouti, Afghanistan, and Diego Garcia. I’ve spent the last couple of years living in Europe, but I’m excited to be moving back to DC and spending more time with the DC Front Runners.

Jonathan D.
Apparel Coordinator

I joined the DC Front Runners on the 4th of July holiday run in 2019 and have been running regularly with the group ever since. The weekly runs are an excellent way to supplement my exercise routine and socialize throughout the week. My favorite routes are the scenic 23rd Street/ National Mall and tough Massachusetts Avenue. I enjoy training for long distance runs and traveling to different areas for races. Outside of DC Front Runners I like to lift weights, trail run, and workout on the track. When I’m not being healthy, I like to lounge at home with my dog, eat junk food, and play videogames. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about our apparel!

Aric Kalynchuk
Web Support