Ida Keeling, 103-Year-Old Athlete, Gets Honorary ESPY Award

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At age 103, Ida Keeling was honored this week on ABC’s “The View,” where she was surprised with an honorary ESPY award for her athletic ability.
Keeling, who holds masters records in 60-meter and 100-meter distances for women in the 95-99 and 100-plus age groups, began running at age 67 to beat depression after losing the last of her two sons.
The New York City resident currently competes in several races, including the 100-yard dash, for which she ranks as the first 100-year-old woman to enter the competition.
Keeling’s husband died at age 42 and she has two daughters – one of whom encouraged her to begin running. She said she also keeps in shape by exercising each morning after getting out of bed and avoiding foods with lots of salt, grease or sugar.
Keeling is also an author, having written the book, “Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down: Chasing Myself in the Race Against Time.”
“Do what you need to do, not what you want to do….and love yourself,” Keeling told “The View” hosts Tuesday during her appearance.

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