Age is nothing but a number to Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins.
At 105 years old, she set a new world and US record in the 100-meter race at the Louisiana Senior Games in Hammond, La. on Saturday, Nov. 6.
The Louisiana native is the first woman and first American to set a Masters Track & Field World Record in the 105+ Age Division. Her time was 1:02:95.
“Wonderful!” said Hawkins while smiling when asked how she felt after the race. “I’m so happy.”
“Stay healthy and keep running. I’m going to keep running as long as I can. I find it fun, and I like doing it. So many of us are so busy pushing buttons that we don’t notice things that are beautiful around. The thing swe should be noticing that are free for all to have, like sunrises, sunsets, shooting stars, rainbows, flowers, trees and birds. There are so many beautiful things everywhere and they are free for us to enjoy them. And also as we get older we should have passions, things we are interested in.” she added as words of advice for other seniors.
Article first appeared on WAFB on 7 November 2021