​About Me

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 list of accomplishments as a walker that competes with runners in long.  She’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. 

What’s special and close to her heart is “Extreme Walk 4 Diabetes” an annual event she founded in honor of her parents.  Losing both her parents to this horrible disease has a profound impact on Yolanda's life, she walks with experience and speaks from the heart. Yolanda promotes healthy living through Walking 4 Your Health.  Her purpose in life is to inspire and motivate everyone to take care of their heath by walking 30 minutes a day every day. 

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