The 'Turbaned Tornado' Fauja Singh decided to take up marathon running at the age of 89. At 101, with eight marathons and many records under his belt, the world's oldest marathoner will retire after the Hong Kong Marathon next month.
The Indian-born British citizen recently ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in eight hours and 25 minutes, finishing 3,849th out of 3,855 runners. The London Marathon, which he has run five times, is his current personal best. In 2003, he set the time at six hours and two minutes.
Singh's best marathon record overall was set at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon and is five hours and 40 minutes. He was 92. Born in 1911, he does not suffer from any illnesses and does not rely on any medications. He said, “The reason for my good health is that I exercise daily and follow a proper diet regime,” and added, “I take happiness in biggest proportions, though my actual diet is very small.” He told the Times of India that, even after retiring from marathon running, he, “will keep running for at least four hours daily.”
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