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101-Year-old Breaks World Running Record

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101-year-old Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins just broke a world record – and she is pretty nonchalant about it, reported Good News Network.

By running in the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, the senior completed the 100-meter dash in 40.2 seconds, which is six seconds less than the previous world record for women over 100 years old.

She also became the oldest woman to compete in the USA Track and Field Outdoors Masters Championships (USATF).
“[I] missed my nap for this,” she said casually, according to USATF.

Hawkins is a widow with four children, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Despite her age, Hawkins reportedly enjoys biking and gardening, as well as running.

In fact, Hawkins says she only recently took up track and field because of her constant activity outdoors, according to the Washington Post.

“I’m always outside and the phone always rings, and I come running in is how I knew I could run,” said Hawkins last month.

Hawkins began competing in bicycling events in senior games at age 75 and took up running at her children’s urging. Her training regimen eschews sprinting and weights for bicycling around her Baton Rouge neighborhood and tending bonsai trees.
She plans to run once more — at this month’s USA Track and Field Masters Outdoor Championships.

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