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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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
Website - www.yolandaholder.com
Instagram - @yolandaholder
Facebook - @yolanda.holder
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