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Yolanda Holder - Completing the Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race!

Yolander Holder - Power walker, 2x Guinness World Record holder & Completing the Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race!

Yolanda Holder is a professional Ultra Marathon Walker. In 2019 at the Six Days in the Dome in Milwaukee she set a World & American Age Group Record 413 Miles (60-64). Also, in 2019, Yolanda is the first African American Woman and second African American to earn a US Race Walk Centurion #94 and the oldest person (61 years young) to race walk 100 miles in under 24 hours (23:52:17).

Yolanda’s a 2-time Guinness World Record holder for “Most Marathons Completed in a Calendar Year”, finishing a staggering 106 marathons/ultras in 2010 and breaking her own record in 2012 finishing 120 marathons/ultras. Yolanda is the first American Woman and African American to Run or Walk over 100 marathons in a calendar year and the first woman in the world to ever do it twice.

Yolanda’s accomplishments are amazing, at the 2017 Sri Chinmony Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race she set a World Record first Pedestrian (walker) finishing in 51 Days, 17 hours and 13 seconds and at the 2014 Ultra Marathon USA & World Championship in Anchorage Alaska met her goal of power walking 400 miles in the Six Day event placing 3rd female and 10th overall. Yolanda is a finisher of six, Six Day Races podium on all six and the American Woman Record holder 10 Day Race with 622 Miles. She has power walker over 540 lifetime marathons/ultras.

Yolanda is a Masters/Senior Athlete at her athletic peak setting and breaking World and American records with no plans on stopping.

Yolanda is also a wife, mother of two grown children, inspirational speaker and author.


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Show notes

  • Yolanda introduces herself

  • Running her first marathon at 40 in 1998

  • New challenges at 50 - 50 marathons in 50 weeks…

  • Growing up doing dancing but never being an athlete

  • Over 540 marathon ultras!

  • Dealing with the backlash of being a walker in a runners world

  • Getting her first Guinness World Record in 2010

  • Getting depressed in 2011 from the negative feedback

  • How she got the name - the walking Diva

  • The Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race

  • The logistics of the race

  • The reasons why she wanted to do this one of a kind race

  • Crossing the finish line and transitioning back to normal life

  • Getting the nutrition right

  • Top tips and advice for you

  • Quick Fire Questions

  • Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you


Social Media

Instagram - @yolandaholder

Facebook - @yolanda.holder


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