Digital Daily: 103-year-old woman wins gold at the National Senior Games

June 19, 2019 07:24 PM

103-year-old Louisiana native Julia 'Hurricane' Hawkins isn't letting her age slow things down.

"At 100, I started running. I thought it would be neat to run at 100 and do the 100-yard dash in less than a minute," she said. 


At the National Senior Games, she ran the 100-meter dash in 46.07 seconds, winning the gold medal.

People are flocking to take photos with the inspirational runner. 

"I hope I'm inspiring them to be healthy and realize you can still be doing it at this kind of an age if you keep yourself busy and active most of your life," Hawkins said.

As for her 'Hurricane' nickname, Hawkins says a friend thought it was cute but she would rather bo by 'flower lady' instead.

On Monday, Hawkins set the world record in the 50 meter run. She is the oldest woman to ever compete on an American track.

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