"Keep yourself in good shape if you can. Have many passions. And look for magic moments. That is something that I have done in my life — think of the things that are magic moments that happen to you, like sunsets and sunrises, rainbows, beautiful birds, music and people’s lovely comments to you. All of those are magic moments and they are free for all. Be sure to keep your eye open for them."
Hawkins took up running at age 100 and is often referred to as the world’s oldest female sprinter. This weekend she competed in the 100m sprint at the Louisiana Senior Games, completing the race in just over 1 minute; the current women’s world record is set at just over 10 seconds, but she’s now the first American and first woman in the world to hold a Masters Track & Field World Record in her age group. This quote is from a 2019 interview with The New York Times; we’ve included their Q&A on our source page along with a current video from this weekend – because both are just too good to miss!
by Jenna Lee,