National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame to Induct Ingrid Walters
Marathoner, swimmer, breast cancer survivor, and acclaimed actress Ingrid Walters to be inducted during the hall of fame banquet at the 2022 NBMA Summit in Cincinnati.
"We're looking forward to inducting this multi-talented athlete into the hall of fame," says NBMA Executive Director Tony Reed. "She started swimming competitively at age six. This 1989 graduate from Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo, CA was on the teams that won the California Interscholastic Federation swimming championships. She continued competing on UCLA's swim team from 1989 through 1991 before graduating in 1994. She worked as a Los Angeles County Ocean lifeguard for ten years and competed as a member of the 1996 Team USA World Lifeguard Championships in Durban, South Africa. She started distance running late in life and was the women's open winner of at the 2019 LA Marathon in 2:48:03. In 2018, she won the 45 to 49 age group in the Los Angeles and Surf City (Huntington Beach) Marathons in 2:55:28 and 2:57:45, respectively. She's been a member of the Janes Elite Racing Team, an all-female elite team, since 2012.
When she's not running, this breast cancer survivor focuses on her 25-year acting career. She combined her swimming and acting skills as lifeguard Sheryl Whalen on Baywatch for two years and as a stunt person on the movie, Amistad. She also appeared in Shameless, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and many more programs, as well as in over fifty national commercials."
Ingrid says, "I am overjoyed to be inducted and included with other amazing women."
Previously announced inductees include Michele Cuke and Shawanna White. Additional inductees will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
About the National Black Marathoners Association
The National Black Marathoners' Association (NBMA) is the largest and oldest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to encouraging African Americans and others to pursue a healthy lifestyle through distance running and walking, as well as awarding college scholarships to deserving high school distance runners. It is open to everyone, regardless of his or her athletic ability, ethnic background, or previous marathon experience. The NBMA hosts an annual multi-race summit. Previous races and locations have been Lewis & Clark (St. Charles, MO), New Jersey (Long Branch, NJ), Cleveland (OH), Lost Dutchman (Apache Junction, AZ), Cowtown (Fort Worth, TX), Georgia (Atlanta), Bermuda International Race Weekend, Deadwood-Michelson (Deadwood, SD), Madison (WI), Richmond (VA), Windermere (Spokane, WA), Dallas, Columbus (OH), and the Go! St. Louis, Baltimore Running Festival, and Little Rock Marathons.
For more information, visit www.BlackMarathoners.org.
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