100-year old marathon runner out to set records

Singh running a maratho, at 99 years old. / Nico

Like many runners in Sunday TMs Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, 100-year-old Fauja Singh has set his sights on breaking a record.

Unlike the other 5,000 runners in the race, Singh will not have time in mind. Rather, he wants to become the first person to finish a full marathon at the ripe old age of 100. If he manages to accomplish the goal, he will set a Guinness World Record.

Singh is no stranger to setting records. Back in 2003, in the same Toronto Marathon, he set a record in the 90-plus category. Finishing the race in five hours, 40 minutes, and one second. Singh is the fastest sprinter in his age group, and has beaten records by other 100 year-old runners around the world.

Getting records is God TMs will. Part of it is I have no expectations, only a wish to do it and God made it possible, said Singh.

The sprinter has even written a biography entitled The Turbaned Tornado.

Singh says he TMs always loved sports, but hasn TMt always been a runner. It wasn TMt until he lost his wife and son in tragic accidents did he start to refocus his life with running, at the ripe old age of 89. He says he overcame his depression by running seven to eight miles a day.

Part of his secret, according to his coach and translator, Harmander Singh, is that he eats a light diet of mainly tea, toast and curry.

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Singh celebrated his 100th birthday on April 11 of this year.