99-Year-Old Sprinter: “I’m Running From Old Age”
In 2014 at the tender age of 99-years-old, sprinter and all around fun-loving grandma Ida Keeling, set the world record for the 100 meter dash at the 2014 Gay Games in her age group at 59.80 seconds.
Ida Keeling’s mother died when she was young and her husband died of a heart attack when she was 42. She had at least three children, two of whom, Charles and Donald, died in drug-related killings in 1979 and 1981 respectively. Her daughter, Shelley Keeling, is a lawyer and real estate investor who upon seeing her mother depressed and downtrodden due to the loss of her sons, convinced Ida to run in a “mini-run” at the age of 67, since when Ida has continued to participate in track and field.
Ida’s 4 feet 6 inches and 83lbs self across the finish line and said, “My doctor told me that I’m as healthy as a healthy 20 year old. I feel like I’m a winner.” How many great-great grandmother’s do you know would even come close to finishing a 100 meter race? When asked why she runs, she says, she’s “running from old age.”
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