Things we love: TNT Barbie

When Sandi Holder learned that Team In Training had slots available for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, she figured that it was meant to be. Several years ago, Sandi began a fitness journey that has resulted in her losing 100 lbs. and becoming an avid runner and Cross Fit training fan. She has done several half marathons and Nike called to her. But like many, she did not get into the lottery.

Enter Team In Training.

“I have been blessed to have a high profile job with a wonderful customer base, so I knew that I absolutely could exceed the fundraising minimum,” she said. “Had I gotten a Nike lottery slot, I would have simply done the event. But I think I was meant to do it through Team In Training because I could reach so many people. It’s an empowering feeling knowing that you are not just running for yourself, but for others.”

Sandi is in the doll business. Her shop Sandi Holder’s Doll Attic sells rare and valuable Barbie dolls. And she is very good at what she does. In fact, Sandi holds the Guinness World Record for the highest price paid for a Barbie doll. How much you ask? An amazing $27,000.

Sandi Holder's one-of-a-kind TNT Barbie has raised more than $3,000!

So it makes sense that her TNT fundraiser incorporates her passion for doll collecting. TNT Barbie is a one-of-a-kind doll complete with purple TNT singlet and water bottle. She’s hand-painted and styled in Sandi’s likeness and is the cornerstone of Sandi’s TNT fundraising efforts. A $25 donation to LLS enters you in to an August drawing for TNT Barbie and a highly sought-after Platinum Edition Pinch of Platinum Barbie doll. It’s an offer Barbie collectors cannot resist. After just one month, Sandi has raised more than $3,000 for the cause!

When asked what keeps her focused as she logs the miles in preparation for her half marathon in October, Sandi replied, “When I run, I put my head down and think about the world’s problems and how I can help solve them. Team In Training is about being part of something that is bigger than yourself. I am looking forward to feeling that energy on race day.”

Mattel has been very supportive of TNT Barbie. Sandi shared photos of TNT Barbie with the head of Barbie Collector and she was delighted.

TNT Barbie will be traveling with Sandi to the National Barbie Convention inFlorida in late July. This is THE event for Barbie aficionados – people come from all over the world to attend. TNT Barbie will proudly be on display in a glass case with information about Sandi’s fundraising and LLS. Sandi hopes she will be an inspiration to all.

We do too.

Interested in doing the Nike Women’s Half Marathon? Team In Training has a few spots left. Call us at 800.78.TRAIN to learn more.


About Megan Kilkenny

LLS Sr. Director, Marketing Communication Team In Training Alum Three-time Nike Women's Half Marathon finisher
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3 Responses to Things we love: TNT Barbie

  1. sandi holder says:

    Thank you for this beautiful article. I feel very fortunate to be a part of Team in Training. Paying it forward is what it is all about.

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  3. Cynthia T. says:

    Let me just start by saying I absolutely adore this doll – it’s one of the most beautiful reproductions I have ever seen. The doll’s face paint is perfect, the outfit and swimsuit are exactly as pictured. Just lovely. As an added charm, Mattel actually didn’t shellac the doll’s hair into its usual frozen helmet. The hair is actually SOFT, can you believe it? Wow!

    The downside? There are several: Once again, Mattel has stapled and fastened this doll to death. Four plastic staples in the head, alone. And it’s impossible to cut them down flat without harming the hairdo. Why is it necessary to keep anchoring the collectible dolls’ heads to the cardboard, at all? What is the point? Every Barbie collectible l doll I own has sharp plastic points sticking through her hair and you can never enjoy combing or touching it. Seriously, do Barbie heads really require multiple anchors to maintain their display position? Also, there is so much plastic piercing the clothes and poking holes in the legs that removing the doll from the cardboard takes an eternity. And quite wasteful packaging, btw.

    Finally, the doll stand, itself, is not the proper height for this Barbie. You have to slide the waist grip all the way to the very top of the stand in order to keep the doll upright, and it keeps slipping off.

    Still, this is in no way the fault of the doll, herself. And her loveliness makes up for all my complaints.

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