In the same way as other of the 50,000 sprinters lacing up for Sunday’s New York City Marathon, Walking Dead’s Lauren Ridloff says she’s emotional — yet trained and ready.
The Brooklyn local, 44, has gone through months running in the city’s bustling parks and roads, often sharing the road with cyclists and sprinters who asked her to move far removed, unbeknownst to her. “I realize a great deal of cyclists assume that I can hear them approaching or coming up behind me, and I don’t,” she tells Individuals.
Ridloff trusts her story will assist cyclists and sprinters with understanding they may be encountering someone with various abilities and circumstances.
“I really simply want to emphasize to cyclists to initially stay in their lane and don’t shout, ‘On the right, on the left,’ ” the Eternals star shares. “I’m not being inconsiderate.
I’m not ignoring them. I simply don’t hear them. I really want cyclists to simply know, not to assume that a person can hear them coming up behind them.”
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The mother of two has partnered with Streams and is fundraising to run her 26.2 miles for understudies at PS347, a school in New York for the hearing impaired.
The running company has even offered to match up to $25,000 to help Ridloff’s efforts in order to help future deaf sprinters.
“I feel exceptionally grateful to have a platform like this because I’m a deaf sprinter and I realize that there are such countless deaf sprinters out there,” Ridloff says.
“What I want to see is more deaf athletes being included in this space.
I want to show them that everyone, whether you’re deaf or hearing, that deaf individuals belong to this space and there’s adequate space on the planet for that space.”
Ridloff says she plans to continue running after the marathon, and after a rest.
“I definitely will do a half [marathon] after this one,” Ridloff shares cheerfully. “I run because it provides me with that feeling of being focused and inner peace when things are so wild.
I anticipate the resting part. I’m about to do a few light walks and let my muscles [and] my body heal. I’m looking forward to actually maintaining my running consistently after that.”