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!!!
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…..