There may be other 100-year-olds with a Facebook page, but no other centenarians have completed a marathon in eight hours, 25 minutes and 8 seconds. That’s what Fauja Singh did in October 2011, when he achieved his goal of completing the Toronto marathon.
Singh’s Facebook page indicates he was a farmer. After his wife died in 1992 he moved to London to live with his son.
When his son died, he needed something to hang onto. That’s when running became his passion. At 89 he completed the London Marathon in 6 hours and 54 minutes, a new world record.
When Guardian reporter Nosheen Iqbal interviewed Singh after the Toronto marathon, the vegetarian runner told her:
“Why worry about these small, small things? I don’t stress. You never hear of anyone dying of happiness.”
Stress is a killer, but happiness? No, Singh’s right, and as he runs his 10 to 15 km a day — “you have to keep your engine going” — he is an inspiring example of taking whatever lemons life gives us and turning them into lemonade.
The short video shows Singh approaching the Toronto finish line, ahead of his goal of completing the marathon in nine hours.