Watch: 100-year old Ida Keeling breaks 100-meter age group record

The Turnstile

What did you do on Saturday? Chances are, you didn't break a world record.

But Ida Keeling did.

Ms. Keeling, who will celebrate her 101st birthday this week, was the oldest entrant in the mixed seniors 100-meter run on Satuday at the historic Penn Relays, and though she finished last of the nine runners, the centenarian set a new world record for her age group, finishing in 1:17.33 (the winner, an 80-year old man, finished in under 18 seconds).

Keeling, a New York City resident who began running at age 67 when her daughter entered her in a road race, has lived quite a life: during the Depression, she took jobs washing windows and babysitting to help her family, which lived in the small living area at the back of her father's grocery; and as a widow at just 42 years old, she was left to raise the four children she and her husband had on her own, the five of them living in a one-bedroom apartment. In the 1960s, she became active in the Civil Rights movement

Ms. Keeling, who ran the Penn Relays in a red beret, the capacity crowd at Franklin Field cheering her on down the runway at full throat, exercises for an hour every day.

"It was wonderful,ā€ Keeling said after her record. ā€œIā€™m very happy to offer all of this crowd a nice example of what you can do for yourself, and I thank God every day for my blessings.ā€

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