You’re never too old to achieve your dreams. One woman is proving that statement true. At an astonishingly 105-years-old, Julia Hawkins – better known as ‘Hurricane Hawkins’ has set a world record.
The woman made history by running a 100-meter dash in 1:02:95 at the Louisiana Senior Games this month. And she’s still got goals to crush.
“The older you get, the more passions you ought to have,” Hawkins says, per TMZ, “Keeping active is one of my most important passions.”
Hawkins also added:
“I believe in magic moments, thinking of things that you see and do and feel that more than just usual. They’re absolutely out of this world, they’re so unusual. And wonderful.”
Hawkins went on to say that every time she completes a race, it’s a “magical” moment.
However, the runner is used to breaking records. She also set the 2017 record for fastest 100-meter in the National Senior Games – proof her determination defeats her age.
She wasn’t always a runner. Only taking up the sport five years earlier at the cool age of 100 did Hawkins earn her nickname. The former middle school teacher says it became her passion.
“People say that they want to be just like me when they grow up… And I think if I can please people and give them hope, then it’s worth living longer,” she says.
Further, Hawkins is living proof that accomplishing something, no matter how difficult, is worth it – at any age.
“When I started running, I found it was a pleasure. I enjoyed doing it,” Hawkins says. “I felt that would be a neat challenge to run the 100 [meter] dash, at 100, in under a minute.”
Man Sets World Record for Most Pubs Visited in 24 Hours
In another feat, an Englishman named Matt Ellis set the Guinness World Record for most pubs visited in 24 hours. While this seems far less daunting than “Hurricane Hawkins'” accomplishment, it was actually extremely tough due to the rules.
Ellis had to consume 125 milliliters of liquid at each pub and travel between them. This means, by walking, biking or car. The good news is that the liquid specified didn’t have to be alcohol, so Ellis was free to drink soda or orange juice in lieu of straight alcoholic beverages. This is a good thing, because he otherwise may have had a difficult time.
Additionally, Ellis wanted to raise awareness by breaking the record. The man wanted to highlight bars and restaurants because they struggled sufficiently during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It was all about the joy of pubs and the people you meet,” he said after completing his goal.
“Pubs over the last 18 months have had a very difficult time. I am a big fan of pubs – the contribution they make to our society and the camaraderie you can enjoy in them.”