The Austin Front Runners meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. (See "Run Times" on the home page for exact times.) Our meeting point is on the Lady Bird Lake running trail near the stretching area on the north shore where Stephen F. Austin Drive passes under the southbound lanes of the MoPac bridge.
How To Get To Us
Access by car is easiest from the MoPac (see directions below). Nearby bus routes include the 4 and 22. Consult the Capital Metro bus schedule for details.
Street parking is free and not hard to find. A large, paved public lot is available on the north side of Stephen F. Austin Dr. east of the MoPac, at the west end of the Austin High School parking lot, as well as an unpaved lot directly under the MoPac bridge just north of the stretching area. Both these public lots are free.
A crosswalk traverses Stephen F. Austin Dr. just under the MoPac bridge. On the south side, The Roberta Crenshaw Pedestrian Walkway crosses the lake at street level. We meet in the area between the crosswalk and the pedestrian bridge, just east of the stretching area.
MoPac from the north
Take the Lake Austin Blvd. exit just before Lady Bird Lake. At the Lake Austin Blvd. light, you will see RunTex to the right, on the southwest corner of the intersection. Drive straight on the MoPac feeder road, Atlanta St., through the light. Atlanta St. tees quickly into Stephen F. Austin Dr. The leftmost lane merges onto the freeway, so stay to the right. The unpaved public lot is to your left. The stretching area is directly in front of you to the left. Short Cut - Avoid Austin Traffic - Exit Mopac at 35th street and take a right onto 35th street. Take a left at the first light onto Exposition. Then take Exposition all the way until it T's with Lake Austin Blvd. Take a a left onto Lake Austin Blvd.
MoPac from the south
Take the 5th St./Lake Austin Blvd./Cesar Chavez St. exit just on the north side of Lady Bird Lake. Get into the far right lane to get onto Cesar Chavez St. Continue in the far right lane a couple hundred yards, when it will make a sharp U-turn to the right, as indicated by a sign for northbound Loop 1. After the U-turn, Austin High School is directly ahead, and the small street you are on will make a right turn under Cesar Chavez St. Just before that, make a left turn onto Stephen F. Austin Dr. Follow Stephen F. Austin Dr. about half a mile to the MoPac bridge and park where you can.
I-35 from the north
Take U.S. 183 west to the MoPac. Follow the instructions above for MoPac from the north.
I-35 from the south
Take Ben White (U.S. 290/Tex. 71) west at exit 230. Travel north on Tex. 360/Capital of Texas Highway to the northbound MoPac. Follow the instructions above for MoPac from the south.
Become a Member and Renew your Membership
Registration for Austin Front Runners is now open for the 2012-2013 season!
Existing member: just see Jim after one of the Runs, check your personal information with him and give him $25 in cash or sign-up online at signmeup.com by clicking here
New member: to sign-up as an official member of Austin Front Runners there are two simple ways to do so. You can print this Membership Form, complete it and hand deliver it to a AFR board member along with a check for $25.00. Or you can sign-up online at signmeup.com by clicking here.
A Little Background On Why We Are Offering A Dues Paying Membership:
By offering a dues paying membership we will have a more stable and consistent financial base to work from, one we can supplement as needed with community fundraising events. The dues will allow us to buy banners, make flyers and business cards, maintain our website, and participate in the Gay Pride Festival and Parade. Through these actions we hope to grow the club membership. This of course means more friends, more fun, and a more rewarding Front Runner experience!
As always, our runs are open to everyone and always free. We welcome and encourage you to join us whether or not you are a dues paying member. Our hope is that you benefit from all that AFR has to offer and you too would like to see the club continue to grow and not rely on ad-hoc, informal, and unpredictable donations. There are advantages to being an active member and we offer these incentives as a means to help generate income for the club, and hope you find them worthwhile.
Austin Front Runner Membership Benefits:
Your membership with AFR entitles you to the monthly newsletter, a spot on the email list to stay abreast of club news and activities, voting rights to help with the vision and direction of the club, and most importantly it gives you access to a social network of other like-minded individuals. Renewing members receive a CCRF water bottle, new members get a CCFR shirt.