“After meeting in 1995 at a gay bar in the Bay Area, Phil Catalli and Lee Walton moved in together within a few months. They were still at that stage of discovery in their relationship, but whatever questions lay ahead were answered with a move to Palm Springs in 1997.
Within three months of arriving to the desert city, the couple decided to start a Palm Springs chapter of the International Front Runners called the Palm Springs Front Runners and Walkers.
“We didn’t even know each other that well,” Catalli recalls. “We really didn’t. It was like everything happened all at once. So the club really helped bond us together. We had a blast. I’m telling you it was the best time…”