100-year-old Ida Keeling Still Running and Defying Odds

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100-year-old Ida Keeling still gets up in the morning, laces up her sneakers and heads to the track for a run. Defying time and the idea that she’s just an old woman, Keeling is continuing to break records – literally. “You see so many older people just sitting around — well, that’s not me,” said Ms. Keeling, who is barely 4-foot-6 and weighs 83 pounds. “Time marches on, but I keep going.”

According to the New York Times, Keeling “has held several track-and-field records since she began racing in her late 60s, and she still has the fastest time for American women ages 95 to 99 in the 60-meter dash:29.86 seconds. In the week to come, she plans to compete in a 100-meter event at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, where she hopes to establish a new standard for women over 100 years old.”

Growing up during the depression, losing her husband to a heart attack at just 42 years old, and losing her two sons who were military veterans, and killed two years apart from each other due to drug violence, Keeling suffered from deep depression and failing health, but with the help of her family and running, she experienced a rebirth, while in her ’60s.

Read the full, inspiring story from the New York Times.

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