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Oct 16, 2011

I AM AMAZED

Sometimes out of tragedy we find our inner strength. We choose a path of strength and look forward.

I don’t know of many who could do what this man has done. I, for one, am rooting for him to succeed.

Although Mr. Singh ran in his younger days he had taken a break for about 50 years. Yup. A long break in there. How old is he now? Mr. Fauja Singh is 100 years old. That in itself is a motivation to others. A century old, people.  He lost his wife and son and needed to find a new focus in his life. He turned back to running and at 88 he ran his first 20 kilometer race (32.18 miles) SERIOUSLY!!!

FAUJA SINGH RUNNER

He is going after the Guinness World Book  record for the world’s oldest marathoner. He was born in India and resides in Briton. He is running in the Toronto Marathon on Oct. 16th. to challenge the record.

He is a very small man. He is 115 lbs. and is 5’8 tall. He is a vegetarian.

Adidas has featured him in their “Impossible is Nothing” campaign and there is a biography written about him called Turbaned Torpedo. He is illiterate and cannot read it. He has a Facebook page with over 16,000 members. He also runs to raise funds for charities.

To  train he alternates between running and walking and covers about 13-16 kilometers a day. He has had an injury but that was when he tripped over a cable for one of the cameras filming him.  They don’t have a medical crew running with him because they couldn’t keep up.

An amazing man and an inspiration. The biggest marathon I have today is the pile of ironing in my laundry room and I likely won’t complete it. Hanging my head…..

10 comments:

Michelle Goodrum said...

Fantastic story! I'll be rooting for him in his race today. Thank you for sharing this story.

Kasia said...

That is so cool! My Grandma was 100 too and though she didnt run marathons she didnt look or act her age! :) Go gramps! We get to see him in Toronto!

jordiegirl said...

Amazing!

Blondie's Journal said...

This man inspires me. Thanks for this post because I had never heard of him. Amazing!

XO,
Jane

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Amazing story. Unreal. I am rooting for him too. What a blessing he is to all. Hugs, Marty

Lynn said...

What is this "Ironing" of which you speak? Is that where one flattens one's clothing with that hot door-stop thingie?
I buried all of my wrinkley clothes in my back yard. "Just Do It" (oops wrong shoe)
Hahahaha I crack myself up sometimes. That old man? I will never follow in his Adidas, that's for sure!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I watched him cross the finish line on the news tonight. Isn't that amazing. V

Vicki said...

Another person who, through their example, teach us that "today is a day of infinite possibilities. Thank you for sharing.

MiMi said...

Holy crap! That's amazing!!

Shirley said...

I saw this on the news and thought I had heard wrong! Being 100 and doing anything is pretty awesome - never mind running (or walking, or even crawling) a Marathon! What an inspiration to all us baby boomers who are moaning and groaning about our aches and pains!

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