“I Won’t Stop Running Until I Die.”

by J-Stacknik

Fauja Singh, after making it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person to complete a marathon says, "I won't stop running until I die."

Fauja Singh wanted to set a world record when he took part in Toronto’s Waterfront Marathon, his goal wasn’t to be first nor was it to beat a certain time. Singh wanted to break the record for becoming the first person on the planet to finish a full-distance, 42.1 kilometres, marathon past the age of 100 and he accomplished just such a feat in Sunday’s marathon.

This is Singh’s eighth marathon. In 2003, in the same Toronto marathon, he set a record in the 90-plus category, finishing the 42.1 kilometres in five hours, 40 minutes and one second. Singh whose authorized biography is entitled The Turbaned Tornado, took up running 20 years ago when he was 80.

In Sunday’s marathon it looked like Singh would be forced to quit at the 35 kilometer mark of the race, about six hours in, but he continued and finished the 42 kilometres in about eight hours and 25 minutes.

Fauja Signh, a British citizen, was born on a farm in India in April 1911. He stands five foot eight inches tall and weighs about 115 pounds. Part of his secret, according to his coach, is that he eats a light diet of mainly tea, toast and curry.

He started running out of tragedy. Singh lost his wife and child to “tragic circumstances” about 20 years ago. He does not wish to discuss these details as he believes in focusing on the positive.

“Running has given him a new focus in life” says Harmander Singh, Singh’s coach and translator.

Fauja Singh gives all people inspiration to realize that it is not too late nor are you too old to accomplish something no matter what it is.

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