Marathon runner aged 101 says he will retire after one final run



Agence France Presse

Published — Friday 25 January 2013

Last update 24 January 2013 9:01 pm

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NEW DELHI: A 101-year-old Sikh regarded as the world’s oldest marathon runner will quit after one final run at next month’s Hong Kong race, media reports said yesterday.
Indian-born British national Fauja Singh admitted age was finally catching up with him and he had decided not to compete after the Hong Kong Marathon on Feb. 24, five weeks before his 102nd birthday on April 1.
“But I will keep running for at least four hours daily after that,” Singh, who lives in Ilford, England, told the Times of India newspaper during a visit to his home state of Punjab.
“Running is my life. I will keep running to inspire the masses.”
Singh, dubbed the ‘Turbaned Tornado’, took up running marathons at the ripe old age of 89 and has been credited with competing in eight 42-kilometer (26-mile) races in London, Toronto and New York.
He finished his fifth London Marathon last year in a time of seven hours and 49 minutes and was honored by being invited to carry the Olympic torch.
Singh, who says he was born on April 1, 1911, insisted he was not suffering from any illnesses and did not take medicines when he was asked the secret of his amazing physical fitness.
“The reason for my good health is that I exercise daily and follow a proper diet regime,” he was quoted as saying. “I take happiness in biggest proportions though my actual diet is very small.
“Nowadays, people are more interested in going to a gym, but I feel that if they exercise regularly on their own they can be physically and mentally strong.
“Daily exercise will keep you away from all diseases.”

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