The Big Peach Ride + Run Podcast is hosted by Big Peach Running Co. Director of Marketing, Dave “D2” Martinez. Lindsay Walter shares her story of growing up with Alopecia Universalis (a medical condition that leads to total body hair loss) and how she used running to gain confidence and embrace her alopecia.
This was such a great conversation and I can’t wait to see what Lindsay will accomplish next. I encourage you to listen to the episode if you haven’t already. It’s amazing to learn that she was bullied through school and to the extent she went to hide that she had alopecia. While always an athlete, it was through running that she gained confidence in herself that she finally took her wig off at the end of a run, allowing her to be the inspiring person she is today.
Lindsay Walter came across my social media feed when we were both ambassadors for the apparel brand Rabbit. She is now an ambassador for Brooks Running. It was through those posts that I would see her smiling and joyful face after a run or race. Of course, due to the fact that she had no hair, I was curious about what she was going through and learned a lot more about her. I found her to be inspiring and motivating after the way she was treated growing up. So of course, I had to have her on the podcast. I hope you find her story as inspiring and motivating as I did. If nothing else, her story is a reminder to treat everyone with kindness.
As mentioned during the episode, if you’d like to support Lindsay Walter, you can do so as she runs the London Marathon for Make A Wish Foundation UK.
If you know someone, especially a child or teen with alopecia, they can connect with Lindsay’s Pen Pal program through her Instagram account, Lindsay’s Little Pals.
I mentioned my big race this year is the Leadville Trail Marathon. If you want a challenge and want to join me, the race is still open.
I’m also doing the Coyote Ugly 30k (Elijay, GA) and Helenback Trail Marathon (Helen, GA) as part of my training. I’ve also registered for the 100-mile ride Move For Grady. Cycling will help with my aerobic ability, strengthen my legs and keep me injury free.
I’ve got another great guest lined up for the next episode!
Until next time…
Keep running, keep riding, and keep believing in yourself. – D2