Entertainment Sports World War II Veteran, 100, Breaks 100-Meter Dash Record for Age Group Lester Wright, a 100-year-old veteran, ran 100m in 26.3 seconds during the Penn Relays this weekend By Jason Hahn Jason Hahn Jason Hahn is a Human Interest and Sports Reporter for PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE's Los Angeles Bureau as a writer and reporter since 2017 and has interviewed the likes of Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady. He has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He previously worked for Complex Magazine in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 4, 2022 03:37 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Jerry Carino/USA TODAY NETWORK Lester Wright might be getting older, but he isn't slowing down. The World War II veteran, 100, participated in the senior master's division at the Penn Relays on Saturday. Wright hit the track and set a world record in the 100m dash for his age group. According to WTXF, the centenarian ran the race in 26.34 seconds, which is the fastest time ever recorded for a 100-year-old. "If you're going to go out to run a race, you should really run the race to try to win," Wright, a New Jersey native who celebrated his birthday last Friday, told WTXF before the event. "I don't know how you can run to be second or third." Wright's grandson, John Wall, told the news station that their whole family has been cheering him on. 100-Year-Old Great-Great-Grandmother Is Guinness World Records' Oldest Competitive Powerlifter "Everybody is elated," he said. "They're excited he's doing it. They want to be part of it." Wright first picked up running while operating a dental lab with his wife, NJ.com reported. "It was pretty nice to be able to do this at age 100," Wright said, according to the Asbury Park Press. "When I came here I was a little bit nervous, but when I saw the crowd and everything I fell right in with it." Wright and his wife, Adele, have been together for more than 80 years, the outlet said. 100-Year-Old Woman Sets World Racing Record, Celebrates By Doing Pushups The previous 100m dash record was held by Donald Pellmann, the Huffington Post noted. Pellman set the mark in 2015, finishing his race in 26.9 seconds. RELATED VIDEO: Shaquille O'Neal Blames Himself for Divorce from Ex-Wife Shaunie: 'It Was All Me' When asked after the race whether he felt tired, Wright told reporters he had more in him to give. "At 100 meters, I feel like I'm just getting started," he said, according to Asbury Park Press. "I thought this was nice, but I wanted a longer race."