Erick Tatro


Erick Tatro is the president of Front Runners New York. He previously served as a member of the Pride Run committee and chair of Social Committee. Erick joined FRNY in 2017 and quickly became involved in the club’s volunteer and organizing opportunities. His first 26.2 mile race was the Orange County Marathon during his last year of grad school — citing training runs as how to stay sane while writing a dissertation. He has run 4 additional marathons since then, including his favorite, NYC. Erick moved to NYC from San Diego, where he was a psychiatry researcher and volunteered for the American Heart Association as a coach in a training program for readying folks for a half marathon race. He loves dogs and everything outdoors.


Trey Bedingfield

Men's Vice–President

Trey Bedingfield is the Men's Vice-President of the 2019 Board. He has been a member of Front Runners New York since 2015. In addition to joining the Board, he is a part of the coaching committee and is co-planning the 2019 Front Runners New York Indoor Track Meet. Since joining, the club has become an integral part of his training for many races, including major milestone events like the 2017 New York City Marathon and the 2018 Gay Games in Paris. Trey grew up in Florida and moved New York City in 2011. Outside of FRNY, he works in institutional archives and is currently pursuing a master’s in Library Science.


Karen Makhoul 

Women's Vice-President

I have been a member of FRNY since October 2015. In that time, I have been passionate about being involved, not only in racing, but in club activities and volunteer opportunities. I am honoured to accept this appointment to Director at Large for the remainder of 2017, and will serve my duties in the best interest of the club and its members

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Patrick Hart


Patrick Hart is the Secretary of the 2019 FRNY Board. He has been an FRNY member since January 2015, and is constantly thankful for the positive difference FRNY has made in his life since he joined the club. During his time as a Front Runner, Patrick has been a Race Captain (including one year as lead Race Captain), member of the Brooklyn Committee, member of the History and Archives Committee, and volunteer at numerous events from the pasta dinner to the Brooklyn Pride Run and everything in between. In addition to racing many NYC races with Front Runners New York, he's also joined the club during out-of-town excursions from Peekskill to Pennsylvania to Paris. One of his favorite times of the week is the FRNY Tuesday night fun run in Prospect Park, followed by a camaraderie-filled runner dinner. Patrick works at CUNY in antipoverty program oversight and lives in Brooklyn with his husband Scott. He is psyched to serve on the Board and provide support to all the great work of FRNY in 2019!

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Jason Fluegge


Jason has been a proud member of Front Runners New York since 2011. Before FRNY, the farthest he had run was 7 miles. Since joining he has finished 12 marathons and two triathlons, competed at Gay Games 9 and 10, won four participation awards, and met some of his closest friends. Prior to stepping up to the board as Treasurer in 2017, he served as Pride Run Race Director from 2013-2016 as well as a member of the Membership committee since 2012.


Faith Tempest

Director At Large

Faith has been a member of Front Runners for more than 10 years and in that time has completed 5 marathons, many half marathons and innumerable other races wearing FRNY colours. She has handed out many cups of water at the FRNY water stations at both the NYC Half and full Marathons. A winner of the FRNY female track athlete of the year in 2015, Faith is now enjoying running at a more stately pace these days, but happy to continue representing the club.


Mel Comerchero

Director At Large

Mel Comerchero has been a member of Front Runners New York since 2018 and, prior to that, a member from 2006-2010. Mel serves on the membership committee and her involvement in fun runs, races, and multisport events with the club has been an important part of her life outside of work and family. Mel has a passion for athletics, as well as organizational leadership, and she is excited and honored to serve FRNY as a member of the Board. Mel lives with her three children in New Jersey and works in math education and school leadership at a graduate school in New York City.