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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:39 AM

World's Oldest Marathoner to Retire

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At the age of 101, Fauja Singh is finally hanging up his running shoes.

Singh, an Indian-born Brit, gained international attention when he started running marathons as a spry 89-year-old. This week, after nearly 13 years, he announced that the Hong Kong Marathon on Feb. 24 will be his final race.

In a distinctive yellow turban and long beard, Singh earned the nickname the "Turban Tornado" for being devilishly fast, at least in his age bracket. Singh set race records for his age group when he was in his nineties and in 2004 carried the torch for the Athens Olympics.

In 2011 he earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest marathon runner when he competed in the Toronto Marathon at age 100.

Singh credits his success to a healthy lifestyle that includes no smoking or alcohol and a vegetarian rich diet. After the Toronto race he spoke to the media through his coach Harmander Singh about his accomplishments.

"He said he achieved this through the help of God, but even God must be getting fed up with helping him," Harmander Singh said.

While Singh won't be competing anymore, he doesn't plan on completely giving up on the sport. Instead Singh is planning on a lighter daily routine, just eight to nine miles of running a day.

"I will keep running to inspire the masses," he told the Times of India. "Running is my life and I really would not have stopped competing if I had not crossed the age of 100."

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All of a sudden I feel kind of lazy.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:00 PM

8-9 miles as a lighter routine? Lol
Ive met him at bear creek park, real nice guy and a good story on why he started running but im to lazy to type it out
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:25 PM

8-9 miles as a lighter routine? Lol
Ive met him at bear creek park, real nice guy and a good story on why he started running but im to lazy to type it out


Was it because the love of his life left him one night, and the next day he just "felt like runnin"?


No wait, that's just Forrest Gump
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 02:19 PM

That's a tough one.. no alcohol, vegetarian diet.. live to 100+..

Nah.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 03:18 PM

I guess he has gotten that runned down feeling
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 03:35 PM

8-9 miles as a lighter routine? Lol
Ive met him at bear creek park, real nice guy and a good story on why he started running but im to lazy to type it out


Long distance running is certainly easier when you weigh 140lbs, or less, as I'm sure this man has for most of his life. Mo Farah in the past Olympics who won Gold in the 10,000 meters is no more than 140 soaking wet.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:24 PM

World’s oldest marathon runner finishes his last race at age 101:

The world’s oldest marathon runner ran his last race on Sunday at the age of 101.


Fauja Singh finished the Hong Kong marathon’s 10-kilometre (6.25-mile) race in a time of 1 hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds.


Singh, a Sikh, wore a saffron turban and sported a flowing white beard. As he followed the route along the northern lip of Hong Kong island, he was accompanied by a group from the city’s local Sikh community, joining about 72,000 other runners taking part in the marathon.


The Indian-born runner, nicknamed the Turbaned Torpedo, had said that he would hang up his sneakers after the race in the southern Chinese city, just before his 102nd birthday.


“I will remember this day. I will miss it,” Singh said minutes after crossing the finish line.


Singh, a great-grandfather, became the oldest man to run a full marathon at Toronto in 2011, at the age of 100. But his record was not recognized by Guinness World Records because he doesn’t have a birth certificate to prove his age. Singh has a British passport that shows his date of birth as April 1, 1911, while a letter from Indian government officials states that birth records were not kept in 1911.


“I am feeling a bit of happiness and a bit of sadness mixed together. I am happy that I am retiring at the top of the game but I am sad that the time has come for me to not be part of it,” Singh said in a pre-race interview. “And there will always be times in the future where I will be thinking, ‘Well, I used to do that (running),” the Punjabi-speaking Singh said through his coach and interpreter, Harmander Singh.


Singh took up running as a way to get over depression after his wife and son died in quick succession in India. The death in 1994 of his son took a particularly hard toll on Singh because of its grisly nature. Singh and his son, Kuldip, both farmers, were checking on their fields in the middle of a storm when a piece of corrugated metal blown by the wind decapitated Kuldip in front of his father’s eyes.


Singh, whose five other children had emigrated, was left all alone. “He didn’t think his life was worth living without his son” following the traumatic incident, coach Harmander Singh said. He went to live with his youngest son in London. That’s where the sports enthusiast Singh attended tournaments organized by the Sikh community and he took part in sprints. He met some Sikh marathon runners who encouraged him to take up long-distance running. One day he saw a marathon on television for the first time and decided that’s what he wanted to do too.


In 2000, at the age of 89, he ran the London marathon, his first, and went on to do eight more. His best time was 5 hours and 40 minutes at the 2003 Toronto marathon.


“From a tragedy has come a lot of success and happiness,” Singh said before the race as he explained how running has changed his life, allowing an illiterate farmer to travel the world, meet dignitaries and stay in five-star hotels.


Following his retirement from racing, he said he hoped “people will remember me and not forget me.” He also wanted people to continue to invite him to events “rather than forget me altogether just because I don’t run anymore.”


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Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:55 PM

What an athlete!
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