My buddy wrote this awesome and moving post about a the Pride race we ran together (um… I beat him) on Saturday. Check it out.
In 1982 when New York Road Runners and Front Runners partnered to host the first ever Front Runners New York LGBT Pride 5 Miler, the world was a very different place. Sodomy laws were still prevalent throughout much of the country; the AIDS crisis was killing the community (and Reagan had still not said it name), and many LGBT New Yorkers were forced to work and live in the closet.
The early years of the race
From the start, the Pride Run was intended to be a part of the Gay Pride march and celebrations.* It created a place where LGBT athletes and allies could compete and declare their pride in being gay and their support for the gay community. Year after year, decade after decade, Front Runners and NYRR have put on this race. As Pride weekend became less political, and sodomy laws were overturned; as the fight against HIV/AIDS…
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