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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where and when does the group meet?
Q: Can somebody give me more info prior to my first run?
Q: What can I expect on my first Saturday morning run?
Q: Any details about the actual runs?
Q: What is the Cross-Fit Run?
Q: Does anybody plan a brunch after the runs?
Q: What can I do to help make SF FrontRunners a stronger organization?
Q: What amenities or services does the club offer to first time runners or visitors?
Q: I have a lot of old running shoes. Can they be donated to a charity?
Q: I want to host a Movie Night. Where can I view a list of previous movies shown?

Q: Where and when does the group meet?
A: The SFFR group meets Saturday mornings just prior to 9AM at the Stow Lake Boat House parking lot in Golden Gate Park. Look for approximately 25 people (on rainy days) to 100 people (on sunny days), chatting in groups, and you’ll know that you’re in the right place.

On Tuesdays, we meet directly under the clock tower at the Ferry Building. Look for us there around 6:30PM.

On Thursdays, we meet at Fitness SF Castro at 6:30PM.

Finally, our Sunday Long Run group meets in front of Fitness SF (formerly Gold's Gym) at Market and Noe Street around 10AM.

Left: Entry to Stow Lake Drive

Right: Stow Lake Boathouse Parking area

Directions for Alternate Route via Martin Luther Kind Drive from SFFR website (Under Saturday Run – 9:00 AM)


Bob Callori, Newcomer contact

Q: Can somebody give me more info prior to my first run?
A: Absolutely. Welcoming Committee members will be out and about looking for new runners; they are there to help make your first run a positive experience. Please go up to a Welcoming Committee member and let them know that you’re at your first SFFR run (or perhaps visiting, or maybe bringing a friend for the first time). They will explain the different runs the group does and show you maps of the routes. Or contact Bob, our NewComer Contact member, Bob Callori at 415-846-5494, bobcallori@gmail.com
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Q: What can I expect on my first Saturday morning run?
A: At 9:00, the group has “first circle” in the grassy picnic area just to the west of the parking lot. Everybody introduces themselves and SFFR officers make announcements regarding the runs. First time runners are also introduced to the group and regaled with a ribbon to commemorate the occasion. Please WEAR these ribbons since they help the other FrontRunners identify new individuals running with the group and can then guide you on the various routes through the park.
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Q: Any details about the actual runs?
A: Runs are as follows: 1-mile walk around Stowe Lake; 2 mile run; 3-mile run that passes the Carrousel; 4-mile run that goes by the buffalo pens; and 5-mile run to the ocean (with the added bonus of seeing surfers in/out of their wetsuits!). We also have a cross training option which involves lots of body weight exercises and around 5K of running.

 


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Q: What is CrossFit
A: Crossfit workouts consist of a combination of runs and exercises. Generally it involves repeated jumps or sit-up type routines followed by 1 mile runs. The workout is lead by Chris Goodwin (cpgoodwin51@gmail.com). The trails are shown below. 

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program with the aim of improving, among other things, cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. It advocates a perpetually varied mix of aerobic exercises and gymnastics (body weight exercises).

 


Cross Training Route (roads in blue, trails in red)


Cross Training Figure 8 Training Grounds (roads in blue, trails in red)

"First circle" generally starts around 9:00. The runs generally start by 9:10. SFFR has some fairly serious runners who maintain a quick pace, although most FrontRunners view the Saturday morning run as a chance to catch up with other runners and will run at a pace that allows them to talk throughout the entire run. There are also bathrooms and water fountains along the runs for emergency stops.
 
All runs end at the Stow Lake parking lot. After runners get a chance to stretch, drink some water, and socialize some more, the officers conduct the “second circle” right there in the parking lot, shortly after 10:00. Announcements are made regarding upcoming races, social events, fundraisers, and special events in which FrontRunners might be participating.
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Q: Does anybody plan a brunch after the runs?
A: We’ve definitely got you covered here! We go to brunches all around the area. A suggested location is Crepevine at 625 Irving St., SF. If you need a ride, contact Bob Callori at 415-846-5494. Consider parking near the SF Botanical Gardens along Martin Luther King Dr. and walking along 7th or 8th Street to brunch. The second Saturday of each month tends to have a Bagel Brunch, where we enjoy an outdoor meal in the Stow Lake Picnic Area or near the Boathouse.
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Bagel Brunch at Stow Lake


Crepevine at 624 Irving St

Brunch at Crepevine

Crepevine on Irving St

Q: What can I do to help make SF FrontRunners a stronger organization?
A: Please check in again with one of the Welcoming Committee members and give us some feedback on your first run. We’re constantly trying to make the club better and stronger and your suggestions are most definitely valued. Naturally, we’d love for you to become a part of our club and join us not only at our runs, but also for the many social activities that we plan throughout the year. We have a wide variety of positions within the club where you can also serve and provide your input and ideas.
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Bob Callori

Bob Callori

Newcomers's Contact

Phone: 415-846-5494

Q: What amenities or services does FrontRunners offer to first time runners or visitors?


A: Our Newcomer contact, Bob Callori, usually greets all visitors and first time runners at our Saturday Morning and Tuesday Night runs. If you plan to attend a saturday morning run, feel free to contact him at 415-846-5494 or email at bobcallori@gmail.com if you need a ride or directions to our runs. Additional comments can also be found under Organization and Contacts at http://www.sffr.org/organization

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Q.I have a lot of old running shoes. Can they be donated to a charity?

A. Running shoes are collected twice a year and donated to Community Thrift 623 Valencia St SF with the beneficiary assigned to BARS. This tradition started over 30 years ago by Donna Hinshaw. When announced, shoes can be placed in the "Footlocker". For more information, contact Bob at bobcallori@gmail.com

Q: I want to host a Movie Night. Where can I view previous movies that have been shown?


A: Check out the document below for a list of all the movies we have shown for movie nights.
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