Last year, we told you about Ida Keeling, 99, who set a world record for her age group in the 100-meter dash.
Now 100, Keeling is gearing up to race in the famous Penn Relays in Philadelphia once again. She stands just 4’6″ and 83 pounds, but she packs one helluva punch.
She lives by herself, does her own housework, and can handle a shot of Hennessy.
“You see so many older people just sitting around — well, that’s not me,” she told The New York Times. “Time marches on, but I keep going.”
Keeling didn’t begin running until she was 67 years old. She lost her husband to a heart attack when he was just 42 years old, and then lost her two sons to drug violence. She entered a deep depression and her health started to decline. Then, her daughter, Shelley, who has been a dedicated athlete and running coach, convinced her mom to begin running.
“I feel like I’m over the hill and picking up speed,” she says in this video.
The world is cheering for you, Ida.