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

Board of Directors

Elected Members

NORMAN REICH, Club Coordinator
JON LUTZ., Walking Coordinator
MATT WELSHANS, Secretary and Archivist
JEREMY GARRETT, Race Co-Director
TYLER CALDWELL, Men’s Outreach Coordinator
LINDSAY CEJKA, Women’s Outreach Coordinator

Appointed Members

MATTHEW PRIEBE, eNews Editor and Communications
ERIK PRINCE, Engagement Coordinator
TREVOR LALONDE, Apparel Coordinator

Elected Member Bios

Norman Reich
Club Coordinator

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 January 2020 he has completed 11 marathons, 1 ultra-marathon, and over 135 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 served as the Race Co-Director from September 2017 through February 2022, 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.  As of February 2022 he is the Coordinator, and hopes to serve the group to help everyone enjoy running and the DC Front Runners as much as he does.

Jon Lutz
Walking Coordinator

Jon is a Northern Virginia native and has been a member of the DC Front Runners for over 5 years.  In 2015 he lost over 100 lbs. and decided he needed to start running/walking to keep the weight off.   Since joining the DC Front Runners, he has cultivated many friendships in the club and completed eight full marathons in the process.  He served for several years on the Pride Run committee.  He has also served as a new runner/walker ambassador. The DC Front Runners has changed his life in many ways.

Christopher Surfield

Chris picked up running as a way to destress while in grad school. It was just a casual ‘I’ll go out and run and see what happens’ kind of thing. He joined the DC Front Runners in 2019 after moving to DC from Michigan. The group has helped him up his running game. It also gave him a break from number crunching and the opportunity to meet lots of new folks. One of the things Chris likes best about the DCFR is the mix of folks who come, run, and socialize afterwards. He looks forward to working with the DCFR Board and members to have the same positive experiences that he has had.  

Matt Welshans
Secretary & Archivist

Matt hails from the farmlands of north-central Pennsylvania and moved to northern Virginia in 2014. After running his first 5K in the area, the Arlington 9/11 5K, he found the group and was quickly welcomed with open arms. He joined to become a better runner and has run countless 5Ks and 10Ks, several half marathons, and his first full marathon with the encouragement and support from DCFR while building lifelong friendships. Matt returns to the DC Front Runners Board after serving as Secretary/Archivist from 2015-2018 and serving on the DC Front Runners Pride Run Foundation Board from 2018 to 2021. His goal on the DCFR board is to continue to provide a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for all members.

Jeremy Garrett
Co-Race Director

Jeremy has been a member of DC Front Runners since 2011 and served in several different roles including Membership Engagement, Co-Track Coach for the DC Front Runners Track Program, and most recently as Co-Race Director on the 2020-2021 Board.   Jeremy is excited to serve another term as Co-Race Director!   He looks forward to supporting and encouraging members with their races goals and overall experiences with the club.   Jeremy attends most weekly runs and enjoys meeting new members.   In his free time, Jeremy often travels and has run marathons in several different destinations.   

Brendan Padgett
Co-Race Director

Brendan’s father was a running coach and as a form of rebellion Brendan refused to have anything to do with running for a long time. Then, in grad school, Brendan finally started running because he was poor and needed a cheap form of exercise. To his chagrin, he enjoyed it and has since run numerous races and also found them to be surprisingly fun. Having fully admitted that he loves running, he joined the DC FrontRunners in 2017, not long after moving to the area, and therein found a fabulous, welcoming community.

Tyler Caldwell
Men's Outreach Coordinator

Tyler joined the DC Front Runners in 2017 after moving to DC from Colorado. Initially, he joined DCFR as a way to keep himself accountable to his workout goals and connect with the local LGBTQ+ community, but he gained so much more! He’s made lifelong friends, surpassed running goals he never thought he would achieve (his first marathon!), and found a support network and family he can always lean on. Prior to his current board position, he served on the Pride Run Committee and as the club’s Apparel Coordinator. As the Men’s Outreach Coordinator, he’s looking forward to welcoming new members to the club and re-engaging current members to come back out for weekly runs and social events.

Lindsay Cejka
Women's Outreach Coordinator

I joined DC Front Runners in the Spring of 2021 in hopes to get back into running and participate in an active social outlet in the DC LGBTQ community. DCRF has provided motivation to work towards my running goals as well as friendship and support. As Women's Outreach Coordinator, my goals are to build on the strong foundation of those who served in the position before and organize social and running/walking events to promote more women/enby/trans participation in the club. I have felt extremely welcome since my first run. For me, DCRF has lived up to the statement that runners/walkers of all levels are welcome. I'd hope to also share this welcoming atmosphere with any other member that would be interested in joining.


Appointed Member Bios

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.

Erik Prince
Engagement Coordinator
Trevor Lalonde
Apparel Coordinator

Hello DC Frontrunners, my name is Trevor Lalonde and I am your new Apparel Coordinator! I have been running for many years; on and off since middle school and have been a member of Frontrunners for the past couple of years. I really dove into regular running and longer distances as a means of helping to control the nicotine cravings post cigarettes in the summer of 2018; to now, the foundation of my regular fitness and healthy lifestyle. Running is what I look forward to on most days. Sometimes it is my alone time, phone on do not disturb and Spotify jamming, other days it's a social activity with you all! During the pandemic my running progressed to a new level, and I have drastically increased the races I have taken part in, I thoroughly enjoy all distances, from 5K’s and beyond! This fall I will be running my first full marathon, at the Marine Corps Marathon here in DC and VA! This sport has become such an integral part of my life and I am so grateful for the community I have found through this sport. It can be done anywhere, at any time, with anyone, and best of all, IT'S BOTH FREE & FREEING! I look forward to getting many more miles in with you all!

Matt Yandrick
Team DC Liaison

I joined DC Front Runners in 2018, when I moved to DC and was looking for a running club. I love exploring new running routes as well as classic ones, like the Union Station/ National Mall in the winter! Besides the running, I enjoy attending the club's social events and handing water out at race stops. Outside of running you could find me with a volleyball or tennis racket or growing basil. As the Team DC liaison, I hope to promote many of the Team DC events, such as the Pride Night OUTs with the local pro sports teams.