105-year-old Louisiana native sets world record at Louisiana Senior Games
HAMMOND, Louisiana (WGNO) – Senior athletes from across the state gathered on the track and field at Southeastern University in Hammond to compete in the Louisiana Senior Games, but a competitor was the star of the show.
At 105, Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins, from Ponchatoula, put on her tennis shoes and prepared to set a world record as the first American and first woman to run in her age group.
“She has always had a love for sports. She had this idea, she heard about a woman who had run the 100m to 100m and decided it would be fun to give it a try, ”said Julia’s daughter Margaret Hawkins-Matens.
Hawkins, a longtime teacher, had a whole fan base to cheer him on. Many of them were his former students. Others, just fans who love it.
Hawkins also received a special congratulatory plaque from the Lieutenant Governor’s office.
As time passed, Hawkins became more and more eager to run.
“I want to run! This wait is tough,” said Hawkins.
But finally, the time has come and “Hurricane” Hawkins has taken off.
In one minute and two seconds, Hawkins crossed the finish line of his 100-yard run. So after the race, we asked him what is the biggest secret to living a long, healthy life?
“Marry a good man. And if you are married to a good man whom you respect, love and love and he is your best friend, then you will be happy your whole life, ”said Hawkins.
Hawkins’ husband passed away several years ago after more than 70 years of marriage, but through his grief Hawkins found love for running.
“When he died, she really thought his life was over. As it happens and happens, that kind of surprise, that she has this new fame and all this attention and people tell her that you are my role model and because of you I started doing sex again. exercise, it really gave him a whole new life. It was a great race for her, ”said Hawkins-Matens.