This 100-meter dash was a race for the ages – runners 80 and older. Ida clocked in at one minute, 17.33 seconds.
“I’m a nice example of what you can do with yourself, and I thank God everyday for my blessings,” Keeling said Saturday, stealing the hearts of spectators who cheered as Keeling’s daughter Shelley raised her mom’s arms in the celebratory V formation and turned her mom to face her fans in the stands.
Keeling’s story is remarkable not just for her feats as a late-in-life runner, but for the history and heartache of her life – her ability to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
On her own, Keeling raised four children after losing her husband to a heart attack when he was 42. After two of her sons were murdered in what police believe were drug-related killings, Keeling became depressed and her health suffered. Daughter Shelley got Keeling back on her feet, literally.