On March 10th, To celebrate their twenty-five years as a couple, long-time San Francisco FrontRunners David Latulippe and Ronn Seely treated their fellow FrontRunners to a champagne bagel brunch in Golden Gate Park following the Saturday morning run.
An especially large crowd of about 120 turned out for the event, which was catered by Steven Benne. David and Ronn also celebrated their tenth year as San Francisco FrontRunners.
“We just wanted to celebrate with everyone,” said Ronn. “The FrontRunners have always been a part of our lives.” “I thought it would be nice to thank the FrontRunners for their friendship and good to share with people who couldn’t have celebrated with us otherwise,” said David. Both Ronn and David were FrontRunners while living in New York.
The two happened to meet for the first time in a ticket line for a New York Philharmonic performance at Avery Fisher Hall in March 1987. “It was a student rush event that was offering special discounts for college students. David was still in school, and I just graduated,” said Ronn. David saw his future partner in the line with some friends and found him interesting. “I was sitting in back of him during the performance and we talked during the intermission,” said David. “We had ice cream afterward, and, by coincidence, we took the same train home back to Brooklyn.”
Mutual attraction and respect have made their relationship last. “We really like each other,” said Ronn… “We also give each other a lot of space.” David agrees - “We’re a couple and we respect each other. We have much in common, but we have our own interests too. We don’t have to do everything together.”
The two moved to San Francisco in February 2002 after Ronn was promoted by his managers at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. Ronn leads tour groups over the world and is also a tax consultant. David works for KALW radio as an announcer and producer. He also plays flute in three classical music ensembles in the city.
We are grateful that Ronn and David have shared their story and celebration with the club, and we wish them many wonderful years to come!
An additional thanks to Dean Takehara for the story and Bob Callori for the photos and video.