Oldest Marathon Runner Ever
Fauja Singh was born in Jalandhar, India on April 1, 1911. What he has accomplished since is nothing short of legendary.
Since turning 89, Singh has run 8 marathons, earning the nickname the “Turbaned Tornado.” On Oct. 16, 2011, Singh completed the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 8 hours 11 minutes, becoming not only the oldest marathon runner ever but the first 100-year-old to ever finish a marathon. In the United States, about 1 in 3,300 people reach 100 years old. That’s 0.03%. Fauja Singh is the 0.001% of the 0.03%. He’s one of a kind.
The Final Race
In late January, Singh announced that he will finally be retiring from running marathons, but not before he completes one final race. On Feb. 24, he will run the Hong Kong Marathon. After that, he’s done; with marathons, at least. After Hong Kong, Singh says he will continue running every day.
“Yes, the Hong Kong Marathon will be the last,” Singh tells the Times of India. “But I will keep running daily for at least four hours daily to cover 8-9 miles.”
Follow the Turbaned Tornado at his Facebook page to stay up to date on his uncanny accomplishments in endurance.