100-year-old runner finishes Toronto marathon

Link to the following story: http://www.freep.com/article/20111017/SPORTS18/111017023/100-year-old-runner-finishes-Toronto-marathon

Fauja Singh, 100, receives a finishing medal after crossing the line in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Toronto on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.

Fauja Singh, 100, receives a finishing medal after crossing the line in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Toronto on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.  /  The Canadian Press / AP
ASSOCIATED PRESS

A 100-year-old runner became the oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon when he finished the race in Toronto on Sunday.

Fauja Singh earned a spot in the Guinness World Records for his accomplishment.

It took Singh more than eight hours to cross the finish line — more than six hours after Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara won the event for the fourth straight year — and he was the last competitor to complete the course.

But his time wasn’t nearly as remarkable as the accomplishment.

Event workers dismantled the barricades along the finish line and took down sponsor banners even as Singh made his way up the final few hundred yards of the race.

Family, friends and supporters greeted Singh when he finished the race.

“Beating his original prediction, he’s overjoyed,” his coach and translator Harmander Singh said. “Earlier, just before we came around the (final) corner, he said, ‘Achieving this will be like getting married again.’

“He’s absolutely overjoyed, he’s achieved his lifelong wish.”

Sunday’s run was Singh’s eighth marathon — he ran his first at age 89 — and wasn’t the first time he set a record.

(Wow.  That’s all  can say.)

About these ads

About wfig

Longtime horsewoman and hiker, occasional world traveler and professional biologist.
This entry was posted in General and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to 100-year-old runner finishes Toronto marathon

  1. Haha says:

    Yes, WOW! This is what I expect you will be doing in 60 years:)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s