October 14th, 2011
02:49 PM ET

Man, 100, set to become oldest marathoner

A man who didn’t start running marathons until he was 89 is hoping to become the first undisputed centenarian known to have completed the 26.2-mile race.

Fauja Singh, 100, of the United Kingdom, is expected to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday in Canada. If he completes it, Guinness World Records will recognize him as the world’s oldest marathoner.

“He’s really happy, and looking forward to it,” his coach, Harmander Singh, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Guinness had recognized Dimitrion Yordanidis, 98, as the world’s oldest marathoner for running in Athens in 1976. Yordanidis isn’t among the records kept by the Association of Road Racing Statisticians, which already recognizes Fauja Singh as the oldest for the last marathon he ran, at age 93 in 2004.

Singh, nicknamed the Turbaned Tornado, took up running 20 years ago - around the time he moved to England from India - after losing his wife and son, the CBC and the marathon’s website say.

He began running marathons at 89, completing seven through age 93. He set the current world record for people 90 and older with a time of five hours, 40 minutes and four seconds in Toronto in 2003.

He jogs and walks eight to 10 miles per day, according to Toronto marathon organizers.

“I have said it before: that I will carry on running, as it is keeping me alive,” Singh said, according to the marathon’s site.

Back in 2002, when he was the oldest entrant of the London Marathon at age 92, CNN reported that Singh credited his fitness in part to meditation, fresh food and ginger curry.

Some readers may recall that a British man, Pierre Jean “Buster” Martin, claimed to have been 101 when he ran the London Marathon in 2008. But Guinness declined to recognize his run, saying it couldn’t verify his age.

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  1. corey

    Finally a good story, everyone with racist or religious crap.... suck it. We are all humans.... remember that first! This guy rocks!!

    October 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • BoDacious01

      Word!

      October 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gironda43

    If he can run a marathon at age 100, the least the rest of us can do is just keep walking!

    October 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gursharan Singh

      Your comment is also so real & inspired me, f he can run a marathon at age 100, the least the rest of us can do is just keep walking!. Very true.

      October 14, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Babbarsher

    Proud to see a brother up there........... A VERY PROUD SIKH MYSELF.
    SIKHS – WE LOVE ALL – WE FEAR NONE AND WE SCARE NONE. GLORY TO ALL THE 10 SIKH GURUS AND GURU GRANTH SAHIB JI.

    October 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stefan

      They were the best fighting force in the British Army during WWII. Fearsome.

      October 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I respect him as a human what has Sikkism got to do with this.....like what has Sikkism got to do with all Sardar jokes

      October 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andrew

    Sikh's often have very extreme mental and physical prowess that they demonstrate in the weirdest ways.

    October 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      What do you find weird in this? or may i say that you were expecting him to sit in some old age home feeding on federal money just like most of old age people here are doing (with no disrespect).At least he is trying to earn his own bread hard way. So Lets aprreciate it

      October 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    I hate to be cynical but I wonder if he really is 100? If he was born in India 100 years ago or even some other country, a lot of births were not recorded.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      What are you talking about? What does his being 100 or not have to do with births not being recorded?

      October 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Killer Quinn

      To answer your question, India was under British rule at the time and they wanted to keep who was born and who could be killed at birth. That's how British ruled even when they came to America with plague ridden blankets for true Americans as gifts. They invaded, killed people to rob the whole world still we call them civilized. Always they are right, right?????

      October 14, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      "What are you talking about? What does his being 100 or not have to do with births not being recorded?"

      Bill suspects that this guy may not be really 100 years old. 'Births not getting recorded' means he may have easily changed his date of birth without anyone noticing.

      October 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • John P

      India would have been a British colony at the time he was born and the British would have recorded all births. They kept rather detailed records. Plus the Guinness Book of Records would have verified his age

      October 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • uneverknow

      you have a valid point here. He might actually be 102 🙂

      October 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Krunal

    Good luck Sir!!! make all the Indians proud...

    October 14, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sukhvir singh mundi

    all sikh community is proud of fauja singh

    October 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    I have heard lot of good things about Sikhs – brave people of God – Fauja Singh keep it up....

    October 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bhavin

    He is running to overcome depression reminds me... this guy reminds me of Forest Gump.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • WellSaid

      Thumbs up for that thought!!! I was thinking the same thing. Fauja Gump is Awesome.

      October 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nilesh Halankar

    words that come to my mind.....inspiring, tough, and resilient. A man went through a tragedy and came through to the other side with sheer courage.....awesome

    October 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nice job!!!!

    Good! Changing how we think about age. Inspiring. Thanks.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ricky

    Great story and I wish him the very best in the marathon. We could all learn from him.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Venkat

    This is a fine feat for entire mankind....my salute to this man

    October 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Raj Trivedi

    .

    October 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Karan Reddy

    I love sikhs, they are the protectors of INDIA.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Why the telgus dont have the balls reddy ?

      October 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
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