Julia Hawkins, affectionately known as the “Hurricane,” may not have surpassed her record-setting 100-meter dash from two years ago at the age of 103, but she continues to embody her nickname.
During the 2019 Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Hawkins, hailing from Louisiana, secured gold medals in both the 50-meter dash and the 100-meter dash in the women’s 100-plus division.
In 2017, she made headlines by setting a world record in the 100-meter dash. Although she finished a bit slower in this recent race, Hawkins remains grateful for her performance, stating, “I’m thrilled with how well I did, even though it didn’t match my previous achievements. I’m not sure if it’s due to my age or the atmosphere.”
Hawkins, a mother of four, grandmother of three, and great-grandmother of three, discovered her passion for competitive cycling later in life and achieved multiple national titles. As she faced the challenges of mountainous courses, she transitioned to running at the age of 100.
Recognized as the oldest woman to compete on an American track by the National Senior Games Association, Hawkins attributes her longevity to staying active and keeping moving.
She no longer follows a particular exercise routine but maintains a healthy diet and carefully manages her weight.
Her primary source of activity is tending to her garden at her Louisiana home. Within her residence, she proudly displays the numerous gold medals she has earned over the years, each with its special place, thanks to a box her husband made for her.
When asked about her plans for future races, Hawkins responds, “You never know.” At 103 years old, she cherishes each day as a miracle, simply getting up and being present for the next challenge life brings her way.