Keeling ran her first race at 67, in an attempt to lift a depression brought on by the drug-related deaths of her two sons. « People flew past me, but after it was over, I felt relieved, like I ran out my sadness, » says Keeling, who broke the U.S. sprinting record for her age group in 2012, finishing the 100-meter dash in just under 52 seconds. « Exercise is very uplifting. »On April 30, 2016, Ida became the first woman in history to complete a 100-meter run at the age of 100. Her time of 1:17.33 was witnessed by a crowd of 44,469 at the 2016 Penn Relays.