The Who and Why

Established in 2018, The OutRunners bring together LGBTQIA runners in Columbus, Ohio. We are affiliated with FrontRunners International. Our goal is to provide positive experiences for our members and allies through running, walking, and club events in a friendly and supportive group. Some of our members regularly run races from 5k up to ultra-marathon distances. Others might have different goals such as miles in a week, month, year or completing non-racing challenges, but overall, we aim to improve our fitness and have fRUN together.

Hope to see you on a run soon! All paces welcome.

The What, When, and Where


  • Tuesday evening in Worthington with Danny: Meet at Whitney Playground where Whitney Ave dead-ends (near Danny's house) at 6:15 pm for a 6:30 start. Led by Danny. Generally 1-5 miles, on the Olentangy Trail or in the surrounding neighborhood.

  • Thursday fun run with Adam: Most weeks, we join Short North Running Club. Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 start at rotating bars in various neighborhoods (usually downtown, Short North, Brewery District), check Facebook the day before to find out where (or subscribe to their e-mail list). The trail map is always published in advance. Led by Adam and rotating SNRC volunteers. This event attract between 20 runners in the winter and 150 runners in shoulder seasons. Occasionally, we go rogue. 3-5 miles, with a wide-range of paces.

  • Saturday long(er) run with Danny (Temporarily): Meets at 8:00 am for an 8:15 am start. This run is usually an out-and-back allowing for a mix of distances (including longer runs) and paces. This group rotates through various locations in the Columbus area.

  • We also participate in local races in the spirit of athletic development and friendly competition.

Social Activities

  • Happy Hours: Stay tuned for a new format.

  • Annual Party: Because we're a real club.

  • Anniversary Run: Because clubs have birthdays, too.

  • fRUN Week: Because we like to have fRUN.

  • fRUN Day: Because we like to have even more fRUN.

  • Jingle Bell runs: Because we spread December cheer.