100 year old marathoner just keeps going

100 year old marathoner just keeps going September 3, 2011

For all those who say, “oh, I’m getting too old to try running a marathon” or “running eventually wears down your knees, it’s guaranteed” I give you Fauja Singh, an India-born former farmer who moved to England and began his marathon career long after most of us think we’ll be done with such rigorous physical activity.

“If someone says I must stop running I ignore them – invariably they’re younger than me. The secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free. If there’s something you can’t change then why worry about it? 

“Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people who are negative, stay smiling and keep running.” 

Born in India on April 1 1911, Fauja was a farmer in the Punjab when he first developed a love for running, but he only took the sport seriously when he moved to the UK 50 years later. He started challenging other pensioners to races and has now run five marathons in London, one in Toronto and one in New York. (full story)

Not only is his running career amazing, but his whole life philosophy is something we can all aspire to.

The world’s oldest marathon runner has revealed that drinking cups of tea and eating ginger curry, combined with “being happy”, has helped him train for 10 miles every day since he turned 100.

May he live long, run far, and inspire many. 

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