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

Member Profile – Ivan Cheung

Preferred Name: Ivan Cheung
Profession: A senior advisor in one of the small federal agencies
Education: Too many years at school
Member Since: 1999, intermittent
Favorite Route: Rock Creek Park up to Bethesda then down through Capital Crescent Trail and back
Bet You Didn’t Know: I am a karaoke freak (especially Cantopop)

Why did you join the DC Front Runners?

I was running with Pittsburg Front Runners before I moved to DC. DCFR was the first group I sought out as soon as I got here. Then it was an “on again, off again” relationship. Warren Snaider introduced me before the saturday morning runs a few times as the “new again” member. I am so glad that Andrew Powaleny convinced me to rejoin a few years back.

Why is the DC Front Runners important to you?

DCFR has always given me a sense of community and belonging. What better way to connect my love of running and the LGBTQ community! I now consider so many of the members dear friends.

Do you have a favorite memory or story from the DC Front Runners?

We used to have annual dinners. In 2000, former US representative from Massachusetts joined us. Way back when, being quite a bit younger, I thought it was so cool to have someone like him joining a bunch of runners for dinner.

What was your first race ever? And your favorite race?

Possibly a 5K in Manhattan Beach, CA, in the 1990s. My favorite race was the 2016 Richmond Marathon, in which I finally ran a BQ time with enough margin to make the cutoff.

What are your non-running hobbies?

Cycling, swimming, taking walks with my husband, traveling (I have hope).

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Did I say I LOVE DCFR?