Yolanda Holder’s walking accomplishments would equal the best of the 19th century pedestriennes.
She’s the only woman to twice walk more than 100 marathons in a year (2010 and 2012). That earned her mentions in the Guinness Book of World Records. Last April, she shattered the women’s Sri Chinmony 10 day walk standard when she covered 622 miles, beating the old mark by more than 100 miles. In the pedestrienne-friendly distance of six day walks, she’s topped 400 miles three times, a milestone beaten by only a three or four pedestriennes.
And the Corona, California resident is 58 years old.
But she’s not about age; she’s about setting records.
And she wants Amy Howard’s
Holder’s six day PR of 403 still leaves her a bit short of Amy Howard’s remarkable performance, which has stood for nearly 137 years.
From May 5-10, 1880 in San Francisco’s Mechanics’ Pavilion Howard, a teen actress turned pedestrienne, walked 409 miles in six days. Howard was the ultimate pedestrienne superstar, who retired apparently without losing to another pedestrienne.
In The Pedestriennes, America’s Forgotten Superstars, I quote Ed Sears, who reported in his book, Running Through the Ages that Howard’s American Record stood until 1984.
Well, Yes and No
The 1984 total included running totals. Holder is a power walker. She never runs. (Even though they were officially walkers, the pedestriennes did occasionally run).
Holder has targeted her record-breaking attempt for the December 28, 2016-January 3, 2017 “Across the Years,” a multi-day, multi-race event in Camelback Ranch-Glendale, AZ. While the 24-Hour, 48-Hour and 72-Hour races will undoubtedly get a lot of attention, the lion’s share of focus might be on the six-day contest.
And she’s got a real shot.
Howard’s Record in Jeopardy
At Sri Chinmony, Holder averaged just over 62 miles for 10 days. To break Howard’s mark, she will only need about 68 miles for six days is certainly doable, maybe easily.
For more on Yolanda Holder and her book, “My Journey to Guinness: “Walking Diva” Walking My Way into the Guinness Book of World Records,” go to: http://www.yolandaholder.com/
For more on the race: http://www.aravaiparunning.com/acrosstheyears/