100-Year-Old Man Finishes Marathon
Fauja Singh set a record by becoming the oldest undisputed runner to finish a marathon Sunday at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
Singh is 100 years old, which puts his last place finish in perspective.
It took Singh eight hours to cover the 26.2 miles, but the Turbaned Tornado made it to the finish line to set the new mark.
Born in India in 1911, Singh's feat earned him a place in the Guinness World Book of Records.
Sunday's race wasn't Singh's first. In fact, it was his eighth. Singh ran his first marathon at the age of 89. The record he received Sunday wasn't his first either. In 2003 at the same event Singh set the mark in the 90-plus category, finishing the course in 5 hours, 40 minutes and 1 second.
Singh finished over six hours after winner Kenneth Mungara of Kenya crossed the finish line. The 38-year-old Mungara won the event for the fourth straight year.
If you're wondering Singhs secret, it starts Singh with a life without alcohol and smoking, a vegetarian diet of curries and tea, and daily exercise that includes walks or runs of up to 10 miles a day.
The octogenarian finished the waterfront event in 8 hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds -- and he wasn't the last of the more than 20,000 participants to cross the finish line. Those following Singh to track his progress were a few seconds behind.
Singh, a British citizen, carried the torch during the relay for the 2004 Olympic games. He has his sights set on repeating the honor again for the 2012 games.
100-year-old Finishes Marathon
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