NYRR and Front Runners New York to Make a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title Attempt for Largest Pride Charity Run
More than 6,000 runners to participate in the 2019 Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run® 5M race in support of The Center
New York, May 8, 2019 – New York Road Runners (NYRR) and Front Runners New York (FRNY) today announced their plans to make a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt for the largest pride charity run. The record title attempt will take place at the 38th annual Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run, a five-mile race set for Saturday, June 29, 2019.
The current minimum to beat for the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS TITLE for the largest pride charity run is 6,000 finishers. To track the status of the record title attempt, NYRR will provide race-day access to the official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator, as well as access to all necessary finisher data.
This GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt at this year’s run is in celebration of WorldPride’s arrival to New York City to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and a half-century of LGBTQIA+ liberation. WorldPride, an annual international celebration, welcomes members of the LGBT community from across the globe.
“The FRNY LGBT Pride Run has been one of the first official events of Pride Weekend for several years, welcoming people from all walks of life to Central Park with a common goal in mind,” said Erick Tatro, President, FRNY. “In the light of Stonewall 50 this year, we look forward to making our signature event even more special for the community as the lens GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS brings magnifies our purpose, spreading awareness about the continued movement forward for LGBTQIA+ equality.”
“New York Road Runners is thrilled to be welcoming members of the international LGBTQIA+ running community to New York this June for the 38th Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run during NYC Pride weekend,” said Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of NYRR. “Our mission is to help and inspire people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds through running. This year, we’re also excited to introduce the first-ever NYRR Virtual Pride Run 5K for those not traveling to New York for WorldPride.”
Each year, FRNY selects an LGBT-related nonprofit organization to receive a donation. This year's beneficiary is The Center (The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center). Located in the West Village, The Center empowers people to lead healthy, successful lives, celebrates diversity, and advocates for justice and opportunity.
“Guinness World Records is looking forward to verifying the incredible efforts of Front Runners New York and New York Road Runners, which celebrate diversity, inclusiveness, and the inspiring way people can come together to accomplish something amazing,” said Hannah Ortman, Head of Records Management Team – North America at Guinness World Records.
A number of opportunities are available for individuals, groups, and organizations interested in taking part in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® attempt. Race registration for the 2019 Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run 5M is open to the public. For those interested in inquiring about sponsorship and race-day festival exhibiting, please direct all inquiries to the Front Runners New York Pride Run Committee at PrideRun@FRNY.org.
About New York Road Runners (NYRR)
NYRR’s mission is to help and inspire people through running. Since 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization. NYRR’s commitment to New York City’s five boroughs features races, community events, free youth running initiatives and school programs, the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year, from children to seniors, with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to Run for Life. NYRR’s premier event, and the largest marathon in the world, is the TCS New York City Marathon. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. To learn more, visit www.nyrr.org.
About Front Runners New York (FRNY)
Front Runners New York (FRNY) is New York City’s LGBT running club. The club was founded in 1979 and has grown to over 700 members annually. FRNY’s mission is to create a social running community focused on health and fitness that is welcoming to all LGBT New Yorkers.
FRNY offers a robust, inclusive membership experience that includes professionally-coached running workouts, multisport training, social events, and more. FRNY is a member club of USA Track & Field, Road Runners Clubs of America, and is affiliated with New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the International Front Runners organization.
FRNY is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The club’s activities are overseen by an annually elected Board of Directors.