Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins competed in the 2019 Senior Games held in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week, and came away with two gold medals in the 50-meter and 100-meter dash, also breaking the record as the Games’ oldest American female competitor – did we mention she’s 103 years old?
It was only over two years ago, at age 100, when Hawkins decided to take up running. “[I] thought it’d be neat to run at 100 and do the 100-yard dash,” said the centenarian. In last year’s edition of the Games, Hawkins broke the world record for the 100-meter dash in her age group, clocking just over 40 seconds.
She has a garden in her Louisana home where she trains, sharing that running keeps her physically and mentally sharp; she also hopes to be an inspiration to other people her age: “I hope I’m inspiring to be healthy, and they realize they can still be doing it at this kind of age.”
Hawkins has four children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, but shares that there are a lot of events she wants to try out. Clearly old age won’t stop this “Hurricane”!
Julia 'Hurricane' Hawkins is 103 years old. And she's still winning track meets pic.twitter.com/iPRk91ybZ6
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