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Keep Running: Robust Record-Breaking Centenarian

In October 2011, a 100-year-old Briton, Fauja Singh, became the world’s oldest marathon runner, finishing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, in Canada, in eight hours and 25 minutes. Last April, Singh went on to complete the London Marathon in seven hours and 49 minutes before announcing that he’ll continue running, but only in races from 5K up to half-marathons, and maybe even a vertical run up skyscraper steps.

Born in India, Singh moved to the UK in the 1960s, becoming the world’s oldest halfmarathoner in 2010 at the age of 99, via the Inter-Faith Marathon, in Luxembourg. He has participated in the Olympic Torch Relay twice, in Athens in 2004 and London in 2012.

The London resident credits ginger curry, tea and being happy for his endurance. The multiple Guinness World Record-holder says, “The secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free. Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people that are negative, stay smiling and keep running.” Singh trains by running 10 miles every day.

Sources: BBC;

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