Fauja Singh, who was recognized as the oldest marathon racer by the Association of Road Racing Statistician for completing a marathon at the age of 93, finished 42.2 km marathon in Toronto at the age of 100 and entered the Guinness Book of World Records.
Before Singh, 98 years old Dimitrion Yordanidis in 1976 made this world record. Singh took more than 8 hours to complete the race. He was the last and more than six hours behind Kenneth Mungara (38 years old) who won the event fourth time in a chain.
He was born in India in 1911. He started running after he had lost his son and wife and moved to England at the age of 89 years.
It was Singh’s wish that he would complete the marathon race at the age of 100 and now he has made his wish come true. According to Singh, he runs for himself without the enforcement of anyone and he will run as long as it keeps him alive. He said that his health secret is a vegetarian diet without alcohol and smoking. He walks more than 10 miles a day.
His coach and translator Harmander Singh told, “Earlier, just before we came around the (final) corner, he said, ‘achieving this will be like getting married again.’”
Singh said, “I have said it before: that I will carry on running, as it is keeping me alive,”