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. Raj Trivedi (New York)

    I will be dedicating special prayers (Hanumaan~Chalisa) this Sunday to respected Fauja Singhji so that Almighty bless him in his endeavor. He is a true inspiration to all of us who may endure the loss of family and friends in our lifetimes some day. If he can do it, there sure is no excuse for the rest of us to increase our physical activity.
    Good luck and best wishes.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Moore

      Didnt this guy run track for the Arkansas Razorbacks years ago? I mean, that would surely explain his stamina and great success as far as track and field acheivments.

      October 14, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sapsxy

    Interesting..ginger curry..I could to try to make one and start eating then mmm.maybe start running 🙂

    October 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      get the runs you mean 🙂

      October 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dolores

    Absolutely fantastic!

    October 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bob

    Cool, run man run.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jason

    Definitely inspiring!

    October 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fred

    Honestly, this guy is 26 years old. Come on guys 😉

    October 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jennifer

    Awesome!!!!

    October 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dr Balwinder Singh

    It is amazing that Sardar Fauja Singh is running merathon at 100, when most people don't even get to be that old. It is his determination, dedication and his faith that keeps him going (rather flying). My very best wishes for his good health. And of course to set a new record!

    October 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr_dumbinder_Singh

      dude, seriously you could have just posted your commment without the Dr part. wot you tryina prove esse???
      leave the how mein (false pride) at home if you gonna have the chow mein at the gurudwara

      October 15, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Pineal

    Run Forrest, run...err I mean run Fauja, run!

    October 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Desi

    Really inspiring !!! Great job Fauja Singhji !!! Wish you all the best, keep inspiring the rest of us to keep going. I am 40, can't even run 10 miles today. Really inspired by your endeavor. Hats off to you Sir.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alecia

    He wears the Brooks Adrenaline!

    October 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Vikas Desai

    First a 39 week pregnant lady runs marathon and gives birth. Then a 100 year old? Why is everyone conspiring to give inferiority complex to me,when I have hard time running 2 miles?

    October 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat in IL

      But the good news is that you are definitely in good (and numerous) company! 🙂

      October 14, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. stevo

    I am 41 and am still aspiring to get my first marathon under my belt. You are truly an inspiration. Keep up the great work, and good luck on sunday in Toronto. (Have you thought about competing in a triathalon??).

    October 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dumbinder_Singh

    I heard from a friend who knows a friend who knows the uncle of a friend who knows the daughter of a friend of an aquaintance that fauja singh takes performance enhancing drugs. He certainly has inspired me to put off runnning the marathon till im in my 90s

    October 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alpha Male

      you know fauja singhs dog is ur reall abu 🙂

      October 15, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Preet Kahlon

    God bless you sir we need more people like you..you give lots of courage to todays youth like me who is lazy

    have fun and enjoy the marathon

    October 15, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
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