Diane Hoffman just beat the world record for her age group in the 400-meter dash at the USA Track and Field Competition in Boston and she’s not slowing down, even though she just celebrated her 92nd birthday. The grandmother of nine is even more impressive because she just took up running last year!
Hoffman swears she’s “not a runner,” and that she’s just really competitive. She’s been an avid tennis player since she was in her 40s and has won so many awards for the sport, she’s now in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Tennis kept her running and after a walk with her son and grandson last year left them eating her dust, her son signed her up for a race, without telling her first.
So she ran her first 100-meter dash and smashed her competition, winning the U.S. record in that category. At this year’s event, she also nabbed the U.S. record in her age group for the 100- and 200-meter dash.
This granny says she’s living her healthiest and happiest life. Hoffman eats cookies, candy and ice cream every day, but she also keeps moving. “When I get up and feel like staying in bed all day, I drink coffee, water, and get on a trampoline for one or two minutes,” she says. “I’m very blessed, I’m telling you someone’s looking out for me.”