101-year old woman runs 100m – and breaks record!

By Robyn Lucas
19 July 2017

Seems there’s no age limit when it comes to feeling like a spring chicken.

NAPS are important at any stage of life – especially when you’ve reached the grand old age of 101. But for one grandmother, missing your afternoon kip can reap some pretty impressive dividends.

Julia Hawkins proved she doesn't have the nickname Hurricane for anything when she streaked to the finish line in the 100 m at the USA Track and Field Outdoors Masters Championships last Saturday. In a record time for her age group of 40.12 seconds, no less.

But she was a teensy bit disappointed with her feet, Julia said afterward – it was a little off her personal best of 39.63 seconds, a time she clocked up in December last year.

"I didn't feel like I was breaking the record,” says Julia, who hails from Louisiana. “In other races, I felt like I was flying. This time I didn’t feel like I was going that fast.

“I missed my nap for this,” she added.

Julia only took up track and field last year when she competed in the State Olympics in Lake Charles, Louisiana – proving you’re never too old to start something new.

Hurricane Julia attributes her athleticism to healthy eating, regular exercise and the support of her wonderful family.

“You can't ask much more than that – so that's what I'm blessed with,” the grandmother of three says.

Sources: mirror.co.uk, theadvocate.com

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