World's Oldest Marathoner Runs His Final Race
Fauja Singh, 101, ended his 13-year competitive running career on Sunday after completing the Hong Kong marathon’s 10-kilometer (6.25 mile) race. He finished the race in 1:32:28.
Singh, nicknamed the Turbaned Torpedo, told ESPN that he felt a mix of happiness and sadness at the finish line.
"I will remember this day,” he said. “I will miss it.”
Singh became the oldest man to run a full marathon in 2011 in Toronto when he was 100 years old. His feat was not recognized by Guinness World Records because he does not have a birth certificate to prove his age. While Singh’s British passport lists his birthday as April 1, 1911, a letter from Indian government officials claimed birth records were not kept in 1911.
Singh began to run when he was 89 to alleviate depression and went on to complete his first marathon in London in 2000. He then went on to set the world 90-and-over marathon record in Toronto in 2003. His time was 5:40.
Now that his competitive career is over, Singh still plans to continue to walk and run for fitness.