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100-year-old Ida Keeling sets 100-meter dash record at Penn Relays

Don’t tell this centenarian she can’t run — she’ll prove you wrong

Don’t believe it? Check for yourselves.

One race captured the hearts of the crowd in this year’s Penn Relays. Over the three-day period, nearly 100,000 spectators watched the events and they were in for a treat.

Sporting No. 19 and positioned in lane three was the oldest competitor in the 80 and older Masters Mixed 100-meter dash.

At 100 years old, Ida Keeling finished in 1 minute, 17 seconds, setting a world record for her 100-plus age group. She is living proof that it’s never too late to exceed expectations.

Her daughter, who doubles as her trainer, was there to cheer her on after she crossed the finish line.

Watch Keeling set her record

Kelley Evans is a general editor at The Undefeated. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.