Ida Keeling
May 2, 2016 2:05 PM   Subscribe

At the Penn relays this past weekend, Ida Keeling ran a 1:17 in the 100-meter dash, a new world record. Ms. Keeling started running at the age of 67. Now, she's 100.
posted by roomthreeseventeen (9 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Role model!!!
posted by WalkerWestridge at 2:30 PM on May 2, 2016

Finally something on Metafilter that makes me feel young. Slow, but young.
posted by chavenet at 2:30 PM on May 2, 2016 [3 favorites]

Reminds me of this cycling hero.
He rode a standard track bike with no aero equipment for his attempt, his biggest problem being his familiarity with velodrome riding. "I haven’t cycled on a track for 80 years," he said. "You have to get used to the fixed gear! I prefer cycling outside but that is impossible at the moment. I don’t want to catch the flu. So I am short on training."

During his preparation, Marchand was warned not to get his heart rate above 110, a rule that for the most part he obeyed. "I did climb a steep hill not long ago and went up to 134 but it’s best to avoid that," he said. "But I would be very surprised if I had heart attack."
posted by kersplunk at 2:32 PM on May 2, 2016

When I turn 100, you can ask me to try to beat that time. I will respond, as best I can, that I am surprised you dug me out of the box I've been in for the last 30 years.
posted by delfin at 2:49 PM on May 2, 2016 [2 favorites]

Love these huge running events!

At these same Penn Relays, a young man from my daughter's school was trampled at the start of his mile race. The race was halted, they took their places at the line again -- he bloodied and bruised -- and after they re-started, he finished just a dozen-odd seconds off the lead. Nice run, Sean!
posted by wenestvedt at 3:18 PM on May 2, 2016

Oh, man, she's my hero. She started running competitively in her 60s.
posted by suelac at 3:31 PM on May 2, 2016

Pfft. I could destroy her time.
posted by kbanas at 4:33 PM on May 2, 2016

That's such a surreal time... Makes you marvel at the changes of aging. Ms Keeling is able to perform stretches that no one over 40 in my family can do... But her sprint pace is ~20 minutes/mile, slightly slower than my walking pace...but with all humility I have to concede my poor health habits have me likely dead 20 years before I have the opportunity to challenge her mark.
posted by midmarch snowman at 5:14 PM on May 2, 2016 [1 favorite]

you can see the race 2/5 of the way down in the NPR link (i.e. "new world record").
it was pretty awesome to watch.

what's even more crazy is that the winners of the race (young punks at 80 years old) did it in less than 18 seconds. that's nuts.
posted by bitteroldman at 6:53 PM on May 2, 2016

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