On April 30, 100-year-old New York resident Ida Keeling ran the 122nd Pennsylvania Relays to the amazement of a nearly 50,000-person crowd.
According to Philly.com, Keeling — who will be 101 in a couple weeks — broke the world record for the fastest time for a 100-year-old at the Penn Relays. Keeling set the world record at 1 minute and 17.33 seconds in the 100-meter dash. Even though she lost the race, she gained the respect of her competitors and the crowd.
“I do go to the gym,” she said in a Facebook post by Penn. “That’s one of my main places because exercise is one of the greatest medicines you could ever have. I don’t want to let nobody drag me down. I just keep going. Your strength is in you, and if you’ve got a will, then you’ll find a way.”