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101-Year-Old Running Grandmother Sets 100-Meter Dash World Record

Very few people reach the age of 100, and most of those who do barely do any physical activity. But Julia Hawkins is a cut from a different mold – she’s 101 years old and just set a new world record after she ran a 100-meter dash in 40.12 seconds, the fastest record in her age category yet.

In an Instagram video posted by USA Track and Field, the national governing board for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States, one can see how women aged 80-100+ fared during the National Senior Games 100-meter dash held at Birmingham, Alabama. The post includes a caption that says: “These ladies prove that age is just a number.”

Another post showed a picture of 101-year-old Hawkins on her way to the finish line: “Julia ‘Hurricane’ Hawkins swept through the 100m in 40.12, setting her second pending record in less than one month!! The 101-year-old said that she ‘missed my nap for this,’ and looks like the [medal] was worth it!”

Hawkins’ time is faster than the previous world record by six seconds. Her participation in the running meet also made her the oldest woman to compete in the USA Track and Field Outdoors Masters Championships.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Hawkins revealed that while she has always loved biking she only started running after her 100th birthday.

“I’ve got strong legs from bicycling,” Hawkins shared. “I’m always outside and the phone always rings, and I come running in is how I knew I could run,” she added.

The grandmother of three revealed that she enjoys taking on challenges and testing her abilities and limits.

“I just like the feeling of being independent and doing something a little different and testing myself, trying to get better. I want to please my family is the other thing. Having a momma that can do this pleases them, and it pleases me to please them,” said Hawkins.

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