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100-Year-Old Man Runs a Marathon: Determined or Dangerous?

News 2011/10/18 13:00:00
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We were pretty impressed when we heard a couple had gotten married at the finish line of the Amica Newport Marathon in Rhode Island on Sunday. But 500 miles away at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Toronto, Fauja Singh put their little gimmick to shame. The man completed his 26 miles in less than 8.5 hours -- and he's 100 years old.



This remarkable man from London began running just 11 short years ago when his wife and son passed away. He attempted his first marathon soon after, at the age of 89, and completed it in about 6 hours and 41 minutes, and his best time was under 5 hours when he was 94. The Guardian says he ran a total of eight marathons, while The Post Game (which also had his times) reports 10 total.

Whatever the case, this year's marathon was enough to land Singh in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person to complete a marathon. We would suggest someone should write about about him, but The Guardian reports a biography has already been written. In 2004, he even got to join David Beckham and Muhammad Ali as a spokesperson for the Adidas "Impossible Is Nothing" campaign.

So the next time someone calls you an "old man," just remember Fauja Singh and smile.
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  • Grayfox1940 2011/10/18 16:43:02
    Determined
    Grayfox1940
    +10
    The only danger is to him and if he were to die what a way to go.HURRAH FOR HIM!!
    I am a 71 year old motorcyclist and many friends and family worry about me getting killed in an accident. My risk is minimal because of my 55 years of experience and I tell them If I do get killed at least I died doing something I love. My life would be much smaller without a motorcycle in it and the risk is worth taking for me.

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  • Zamboni - Madoka Magica fan... 2011/10/19 20:53:46
    Determined
    Zamboni - Madoka Magica fan BN0
    +2
    Hey, he's old enough to know what he's doing.
  • Razoreye001 2011/10/19 20:49:34
    Determined
    Razoreye001
    sure as long as he signs a waiver let him.
  • wow-really 2011/10/19 20:16:57
    Determined
    wow-really
    Good for him!
    An inspiration to all who see getting older as a horrible thing..
    He teaches us that we are only as old as we feel and act.
    I'd rather go out with a heart attack running a marathon, than sitting in a rocking chair, alone, waiting for death to come!
    Long live Fauja Singh, and may he enjoy the time he has.....
  • shadow76 2011/10/19 20:00:08
    Determined
    shadow76
    +1
    If his Dr said it was fine and he survived why not?
  • wpsark 2011/10/19 19:26:44
    Determined
    wpsark
    he might move a little faster if he'd take the turban off...aerodynamics and such
  • lulzifer 2011/10/19 18:39:59
    Dangerous
    lulzifer
    Because he is obviously a mooslum who ran the marathon with a bomb strapped to his body. Luckily it didn't go off. It is a well known fact that all mooslums are terrorists.
  • misha lulzifer 2011/10/19 20:11:59
    misha
    Isn't he a sikh?
  • lulzifer misha 2011/10/19 20:18:23
    lulzifer
    He wears a turban.
    turban = muslim.
  • misha lulzifer 2011/10/19 20:18:55 (edited)
    misha
    +4
    Are you being funny or serious? Cos the dude's a Sikh, which isn't muslim. Also, muslim men don't wear actual 'turbans' like this man, only hindus and sikhs wear them. Orrrr... maybe you're just trying to be a smart ass, in which case you already knew that.
  • lulzifer misha 2011/10/19 20:24:45
    lulzifer
    Well, what do you think?
  • misha lulzifer 2011/10/19 20:27:54
    misha
    +1
    I don't know, I've never talked to you before.
  • misha lulzifer 2011/10/19 20:47:21 (edited)
    misha
    Since you've not replied, I'll have to assume you're serious I guess. Too bad...
  • lulzifer misha 2011/10/19 20:48:35
    lulzifer
    I see your ability to detect sarcasm is underdeveloped.
  • misha lulzifer 2011/10/19 20:55:47 (edited)
    misha
    +2
    Not on this site, crazy. Have you taken a look around?! Anything is possible here.
  • NatAlex23 lulzifer 2011/10/19 21:35:31
    NatAlex23
    +3
    Actually,
    Turban = Sikh

    It's part of their dress code.
    http://sikhism.about.com/od/r...
  • Shaday ... lulzifer 2011/10/19 23:55:59
    Shaday Freeman
    shut up
  • fdas dfas lulzifer 2011/10/20 00:26:56
    fdas dfas
    sikhs hate muslims
  • jams 2011/10/19 18:26:40
    Determined
    jams
    +1
    By the time you reach 100, you should be able to do whatever you want to do.
  • DJ 2011/10/19 18:08:46
    Determined
    DJ
    +2
    ....What danger??....Your going to die one way or the other!.......Really...WOW!!! Good for him!
  • aad312 2011/10/19 18:07:29 (edited)
    Determined
    aad312
    Inspiring..
  • san 2011/10/19 17:48:50
    Determined
    san
    If you are healthy, go for it. I wish more younger people would learn from this, including me.
  • Beth-RAWR-Foster 2011/10/19 17:47:20
    Dangerous
    Beth-RAWR-Foster
    he'll die?
  • Sig Sauer P220 2011/10/19 17:32:38
    Determined
    Sig Sauer P220
    Good for him ... If you can do it why not ...
  • valleygirl 2011/10/19 17:25:16
    Determined
    valleygirl
    If you train properly and nourish and hydrate properly there really isn't any more danger for a 100 year old than there is for a 21 year old. Had he woken up one morning and decided to do it on the spurt of the moment, well then that's dumb. I think it's awesome. But I certainly cannot fathom doing ANYTHING for 8 hours straight...esp running/walking...and I am a runner! LOL
  • bob 2011/10/19 17:21:54
    Determined
    bob
    and may he run many more
  • MichaelRayMinarsich 2011/10/19 17:17:56
    Determined
    MichaelRayMinarsich
    Dangerous? What's gonna happen, he gonna have a heart attack and die? He's 100 years old.
  • Grandbrother 2011/10/19 16:45:34 (edited)
    Determined
    Grandbrother
    If you've made it to 100, then you've earned the right to live as dangerously as you like in my opinion. And the exercise is surely not a bad thing for him, either.
  • hari 2011/10/19 16:07:12
    Determined
    hari
    to get mentally prepared itself is quality of sound mind and when sound mind ? body too sound to achieve what is desired
  • Eric 2011/10/19 15:28:28
    Determined
    Eric
    +1
    Duh, what's the worse that could happen? The 100 year old dies prematurely in a race? His determination and lifestyle is what got him to 100, along with good DNA.
  • jacktown kid 2011/10/19 14:59:46
    Determined
    jacktown kid
    and Dangerous as well
  • Crazy Bill 2011/10/19 14:24:06
    Determined
    Crazy Bill
    +2
    I can only hope to be able to run...err..walk a marathon at that age.
    Give the guy his due credit, it beats the crap out of sitting in a rest home waiting to die.
    In short...WOW.
  • BrianD3 2011/10/19 14:20:57
    Determined
    BrianD3
    +2
    it is HIS life...he has made it to 100, let him have his fun!!!!

    even if he drops dead in the middle of the race, we should show him the respect of letting him die doing something that he is passionate about
  • S. Gompers 2011/10/19 14:11:09
    Determined
    S. Gompers
    +3
    Awsome!
  • bluelady 2011/10/19 13:52:46
    Determined
    bluelady
    +3
    GOOD FOR HIM!!!!!!!
  • wgossett99 2011/10/19 13:27:31
    Determined
    wgossett99
    +2
    Good for Mr. Singh!

    A marathon is dangerous for just about anyone and especially so for the elderly. But the point of his story is his determination.
  • Robbb 2011/10/19 10:30:06
    Determined
    Robbb
    +2
    We all get our kicks one way or another. And we all have to go sometime. It seems to me he wants to live a little before he goes. Good on him.
  • Niranjan Varma 2011/10/19 09:41:27
    Determined
    Niranjan Varma
    +2
    yes the great Shir Fauja SIngh ones again proved that " Man can do any thing"
    Relay u r great......
  • El Prez 2011/10/19 09:00:04
    Determined
    El Prez
    +1
    Again, I find it idiotic but to each his own. You have to admire the guts and stamina.
  • Crazy Bill El Prez 2011/10/19 14:25:51
    Crazy Bill
    Define 'idiotic'!!
  • hari Crazy Bill 2011/10/19 16:08:14
    hari
    your id is Crazy Bill is rightly selected

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