Great-grandmother, 105, breaks world record for fastest 100-meter run at US Senior Games.

Dubbed as “the Hurricane”, this 107-year-old woman refuses to let her age limit what she can do!

In November 2021, Julia Hawkins, who was 105 years old at the time, achieved a remarkable feat. She set a new world record for the fastest 100-meter run at the Louisiana Senior Games, an event specifically designed for adults over the age of 50.

At 107 years old, she doesn’t appear to be slowing down at all!

Hawkins mentioned to WWNO that she didn’t always run. One of her children proposed that she attempt the 100-yard dash in under 100 seconds when she turned 100. She proudly stated that she completed it much faster than expected.

Five years later, during the 2021 Louisiana Senior Games, she aimed to complete the dash in less than a minute. However, she ended up finishing it in slightly over 62 seconds. “I have achieved better results before,” she confessed. “The weather was windy and cold that day. Given the conditions, it was the best I could do.”


During the race, Hawkins, a retired teacher, received support from her former students who were now 90 years old. She taught them when they were in the fourth grade, and now they were cheering her on from the sidelines. This heartwarming moment highlighted the lasting impact Hawkins had on her students’ lives.

Despite not achieving her goal of running the dash in under a minute, she managed to secure the title for the fastest 100 meter dash in the 105+ years category. Winning didn’t come as a surprise to her, but it brought joy to her family who celebrated her remarkable achievement of breaking the world record and taking home the gold medal.

She admitted that she was aware of the possibility since there weren’t many older individuals engaging in such activities. When she began running, there were only a handful, and they weren’t exactly athletes. They were simply older women attempting something new. As a result, she often outperformed those who weren’t true athletes.

Hawkins enjoys gardening and spending quality time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, in addition to her newfound love for running!


She enjoyed spending time with her husband, Murray Hawkins, whom she was married to for 70 years until he passed away a few years ago. “He was from New Orleans and I was from Ponchatoula, a small town. When I first saw him and got to know him, I was impressed by his intelligence and good looks. I couldn’t help but write about him in my diary,” she reminisced about the early days of their relationship.

Eight years later, they tied the knot through a telephone call! He was in Pearl Harbor during the bombing, serving in the Navy. Since he was stationed there, we decided to get married over the phone. It was quite uncommon back then. To ensure its legality in Louisiana, my father-in-law accompanied me to Baton Rouge. Fortunately, it was deemed valid, so we proceeded with our telephone wedding,” she shared.

Hawkins advises to look for the “magic moments” in life, such as beautiful sunrises, sunsets, or shooting stars. These amazing things are worth noticing, and you don’t need to be rich to enjoy them. Just be observant and pay attention to your surroundings.

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