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Baton Rouge woman, 103, dashes by competition to set Senior Games record

Posted at 7:08 AM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 08:08:25-04

A 103-year-old Baton Rouge woman dashed past her competition at the Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico this week to grab the gold and set a new record.

Julia Hurricane Hawkins

According to WBRZ and KRQE, Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins set a new Senior Games record in the 50-meter dash on Monday in the women’s 100 plus division.

Hawkins, who reportedly started running when she was 101, currently holds the world record for her age group in the 100-meter dash. That time, set back in 2017, was 40.12 seconds.

On Tuesday, Hawkins didn’t break her 100-meter record but managed to cross the finish line in a little over 46 seconds, winning her division.

Hawkins tells KRQE that running keeps her mind and body sharp and that she has no plans to slow down.

“I hope I’m inspiring them to be healthy and to realize you can still be doing it at this kind of an age,” she says.

(Video courtesy KRQE / CNN)