Champion Race Walker Yolanda Holder

Episode 124 Champion Race Walker Yolanda Holder

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In podcast episode 124, we talked with Champion Race Walker Yolanda Holder. We heard her interviewed on a podcast a few years ago and were so amazed by her that we’ve wanted to have her as a guest on our podcast ever since.

Yolanda Holder, 64 years young, is a professional Ultra Marathon Walker. She’s a 2X Guinness World Record holder for the “Most Marathons Completed in a Calendar Years”, finishing 106 marathons/ultras in 2010 and breaking her own record in 2012 finishing 120 marathons/ultras. In 2019 Yolanda became the oldest person to earn a US Race Walk Centurion #94 by race walking 100 Miles in under 24 hours. (23:52:17).

Yolanda is a World & American 35K Race Walk champion, American 6 Day Race champion (413 miles.) She’s also the World Champion Pedestrian of the longest certified footrace in the world, the Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, finishing in 51 Days, 17 Hours and 13 Seconds.

Yolanda is a wife, mother of two adult children, a grandmother, an inspirational speaker and author.

We discussed:

  • How she got started race walking
  • What race walking is
  • how does she train
  • Her thoughts on recovery
  • Dealing with the mental aspects of a marathon and ultra marathons
  • Her experiences while breaking World and American Records


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