Runs In The Family, The Keeling’s Setting Records The Harlem Way (Update)

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.

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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!

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