100-Year-Old Man Completes Marathon

100-Year-Old Man Completes Marathon

Oct 17

Fauja Singh

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100-YEAR-OLD MAN COMPLETES MARATHON
By Greg Wilson
NBC New York
October 17, 2011

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The most impressive performance at a Toronto marathon Sunday was turned in by the man who came in last place — and is 100 years old.

Fauja Singh completed the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in approximately eight hours, making him the oldest person ever to finish one of the 26.2-mile races.

It was the eighth marathon for Singh, who was born India in 1911 and did not start running marathons until he was 89, after he moved to England following the death of his wife and son. He says not smoking or drinking alcohol throughout his life, combined with a vegetarian diet and up to 10 miles of walking or running per day are the secrets to his health.

“He says no one is forcing him to do it. It’s his desire to do it,” coach and translator Harmander Singh said Sunday in an interview with CNN. “He wanted to do one when he’s 100 and today’s the day.”

Singh ran wearing his yellow turban and a matching T-shirt with the words ” Sikhs in the City” emblazoned across the front. His time of 8:25.17 was more than six hours behind winner Kenneth Mungara of Kenya, who is 38.

The Association of Road Racing Statistician already had Singh as the oldest person to complete a marathon, for one he ran seven years ago. But the Guinness Book of World Records recognized Dimitrion Yordanidis, 98, who ran in Athens in 1976.

Singh recently set eight world records for his age group in one day at a special invitational meet in Toronto. He ran the 100 meters in 23.14, 200 meters in 52.23, the 400 meters in 2:13.48, the 800 meters in 5:32.18, the 1500 meters in 11:27.81, the mile in 11:53.45, the 3000 meters in 24:52.47 and the 5000 meters in 49:57.39.

“I have said it before: that I will carry on running, as it is keeping me alive,” Singh told the marathon website.

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RELATED LINKS:

Wikipedia on Fauja Singh
NHNE Pulse On Extraordinary Human Capabilities
NHNE On Extraordinary Human Capabilities

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