Celebrating African American Race Walking History
Part 1:
Yolanda Holder (1958)
“Walking Diva” “Master World Champion Pedestrian”

Pedestrian – A Person Travelling on Foot; a Walker.
Pedestrianism – The act, art, or practice of a pedestrian; walking or running; traveling or racing on foot.
Pedestrianism was a popular spectator sport during the late 1800s.
Centurion – Walk 100 Miles in a judged sanctioned event within 24 Hours.

Yolanda Holder’s History Milestones:
Six Days in the Dome – Milwaukee, WI
August 26 – 31, 2019 - Set a World and American Age group (60-64) record of 413 Miles breaking Amy Howard’s 1880 record. Yolanda finished in second place for females and 14th overall.

August 26, 2019 – Became U.S. Race Walk Centurion #94. The first African American women, and second African American to ever earn this honor. Yolanda is the oldest person (age 61) to ever achieve this status. She completed 100 miles in 23 hours, 51 minutes, 32 seconds.

June 18 – August 8, 2017 – Finished the Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race in 51 days, 17 hours and 3 seconds. She set a World Pedestrian Record and World & American Age Group Record. This race is the longest certified footrace in the world. Yolanda is the first and only African American male or female runner or walker to ever participate in this event.

April 19 – 29, 2016 – Yolanda became the American female 10 day record holder completing 622 miles in the Sri Chinmoy 10 Day Race.

2014: She became the first African American male or female to run or walk over 500 lifetime marathons and ultramarathons.

2012 – Guinness World Record “Most Marathons Completed in a Calendar Year.” She totaled 120 marathons and ultramarathons in finishing times ranging from 5:30 – 7:00 hours. Yolanda broke her previous record of 106 set in 2010.

January 1, 2010 – Yolanda Holder set her personal marathon record walking the Texas Marathon in 5:26:57 at age 51.

Yolanda began walking after her parents died from complications related to diabetes. “I walk to honor them and to raise health and fitness awareness.”
Follow her blog at www.YolandaHolder.com