101-year-old to run in his last marathon

Fauja Singh with the Olympic Torch during the relay. Picture: Thomas Fuchs

Fauja Singh with the Olympic Torch during the relay. Picture: Thomas Fuchs

A man believed to be the world’s oldest marathon runner has announced that he is to run his last marathon in February.

(From left) Jordan Andrew and Fauja Singh during the Olympic Torch relay. Picture: Thomas Fuchs

(From left) Jordan Andrew and Fauja Singh during the Olympic Torch relay. Picture: Thomas Fuchs

Fauja Singh, 101, of Goodmayes will run the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon.

Last year he became the country’s oldest Olympic torchbearer during the relay, and he also took the flame when it was in London in the run up to the 2004 Athens Games.

Fauja started his career as a marathon runner at the age of 89 and ran last year’s London Marathon in a time of seven hours, 49 minutes.

Speaking of the secret to a long life, he said: “I am told vegetarians tend to live an average of six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters do.

“Age may bring wisdom, but if you want stamina, endurance and a lifetime of good health, turn to nutritious vegetarian foods.

“I attribute my longevity to simple Punjabi vegetarian foods, such as chapati, dal, sabji and saag.”

written by Amanda Nunn Thursday, January 3, 2013 from http://www.london24.com

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6 responses

  1. “Fauja started his career as a marathon runner at the age of 89” … wow!

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    06/01/2013 at 7:10 pm

  2. Wow, a respectable man!

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    06/01/2013 at 8:41 pm

    • yes I have to admit.. running that distance with his age is no small feat!! I totally respect him.

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      06/01/2013 at 8:46 pm

  3. I’ll trade six to ten years for never giving up steak and baby back ribs… Gladly. Let’s face it, they’re the one’s at the end anyway. 😉

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    07/01/2013 at 12:16 am

  4. This is such an inspiring story! Bless this man. 🙂

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    07/01/2013 at 10:23 am

    • You run as well ? lets all be Fauja and run marathon till we are 100 years old

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      07/01/2013 at 10:52 am

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