At 92-years old, Diane Hoffman has certainly earned the right to take it easy and relax. However, the Massachusetts resident has done quite the opposite — recently setting a new world record for the 400-meter dash in her age group, finishing with a winning time of 2:44:25.
Hoffman, who incredibly has only been running for under a year, also locked up the US record for the 100 and 200 meters as well. She isn’t doing it just for the recognition or to prove anything, instead the speedy senior is just plain trying to stay moving. “You’ve got to move. You’ve got to do something for yourself. Don’t let yourself stay in bed,” Hoffman recently told CBS.
It’s that can-do attitude that led Hoffman to the USATF New England Open in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she achieved her record-breaking finish. “I was flabbergasted,” Hoffman told her local Boston affiliate. “I was so happy and thrilled for my family because I am not a runner and never have been.” While Hoffman has played tennis since her mid-40s –an activity she still does four times a week– she reminds fellow seniors that it’s less about what you do and more about just doing something. “Take a walk. Ride a bike. You’ve gotta push yourself to make yourself do these things.”
And push herself is exactly what Hoffman did, jokingly announcing to her family members after the race, “I’m ready to croak.” USA Track & Field posting this video of her triumphant finish:
So next time you’re feeling a little lazy or as if you just can’t muster the energy to go workout, remember that after spending over nine decades on this planet, Dianne Hoffman hasn’t yet found an excuse to keep from moving, which probably means you shouldn’t either.
Hats-off to Diane and to everyone enjoying their golden years and living life to the fullest.