World OutGames: Track and Field

Photo Credit: Montreal 2006 (OSA)
Highly visible at the track were members of the International Front Runners, such as this member of the Seattle Front Runners.

Inspired by Patricia Nell Warren's novel, "The Front Runner," the first Front Runner club began in San Francisco in 1974 and other clubs quickly began forming worldwide. Primarily the story of love that develops between a closeted ex-Marine track coach and an "out" gay college distance runner who has set his sights on participation in the Olympic Games, "The Front Runner" documents the characters' struggles and victories in the parallel challenges encountered while training for and participating in Olympic competition and building and maintaining a gay partnership.

In an emotional and symbolic gesture, Warren joined the last lap of the men’s 5,000-meter race on Wednesday, then presented the race winners with their medals.