October 17th, 2011
02:59 AM ET

Centenarian completes marathon, sets record

Fauja Singh finished dead last at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday.

But even though it took him eight hours, he had every reason to beam.

By completing the 26.2 mile course, Singh - nicknamed the Turbaned Tornado - became the oldest undisputed runner to finish a marathon.

He is 100.

Singh, born in rural India in 1911, did not start running marathons until he was 89, after he moved to England following the death of his wife and son.

He's completed eight now.

"He says no one is forcing him to do it. It's his desire to do it," coach and translator Harmander Singh said Sunday in an interview with CNN affiliate CBC. "He wanted to do one when he's 100 and today's the day."

Singh was a colorful sight as he started the race in his canary yellow turban and a matching T-shirt with the words " Sikhs in the City" printed across its front - a nod to his faith.

He finished more than six hours behind winner Kenneth Mungara of Kenya, who won the event for the fourth straight year.

Then again, Mungara is only 38.

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  1. fernace

    I love this guy, "Sikhs in the City" indeed! Hurrah, he made it, to the finish line & in the Guinness Book, not to mention to100!!

    October 17, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. LauraLloyd

    With such a great accomplishment so sad that on the flip side a 27 year old died while running it.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. glo

    his is a remarkable story. To be able to to run a marathon at his age is outstanding!I just hope that to much exercise isn't bad Conmgradulations!

    October 17, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Well, glo, it wasn't too much exercise for Singh.
    Would it be too much for you?
    Enough exercise is one of the factors that contribute to this man's longevity.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. s kel

    Hey JIF lol I only do two miles, thats it. Well my movie the original Night of the Living Dead is on. The black and white one.

    October 17, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. dubya

    Something should be done about this. Old people should not be allowed to just run loose. If his children cared about him at all they would have put him in a nursing home 40 years ago.

    October 17, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. alphamale

    Good for you sir .. God bless you .. you are inspiration to all lazy pple like me 🙂

    October 17, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. dubya

    Old people are just gross. No one wants to see some old wrinkly dried up has been trying to act young. Plus being from India he probably hasnt had a bath in his entire life. I bet all the flies on hi s clothes carried him the distance.

    October 17, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • U-Turn

      "old wrinkly dried up has been" ???
      What is wrong with the California Raisins?! They were a great band!

      October 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    This man is so adorable!
    Well done, sir.

    @s kel:
    You KNOW what happenes when you watch those movies...

    @dubya:
    Nice trollage.

    October 17, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ s kel:
    You have great taste in flicks!

    October 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andreas Moser

    You mean my half-marathons ( http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/my-half-marathons-2/ ) are nothing special? Damn.

    October 18, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
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