Vogue Magazine reports that Harlem’s, 96, Ida Keeling has a secret because, really, you don’t set the world track-and-speed record for the 60-meter dash without something good going for you, especially if you are, like Ida competing in the 95-to-99 age bracket.
Her daughter, Shelley Keeling, 60, is her mom’s coach, though the coaching started out the other way, when the mom encouraged the then-toddling daughter, the youngster who began running as soon as she could walk. “Oh, she was running from the days of the projects,” Ida says.
She is speaking of Harlem in the 1950s and 1960s. “She was a big-time runner in the street back then. She could beat anybody.”
Update: On Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Imperial Dade Indoor Track Classic, hosted by Urban Athletics, Ms. Ida Keeling did something else that has never been done: she set a World Record in the 60 meter Dash in the 100 -104 age group. There isn’t a previous record holder. Her time was 58:34. This was her 6th record since France in 2008!