The Secrets Of The World’s Oldest Marathoner

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 20, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC
Fauja Singh is now the world's oldest marathoner. Photo: Guardian

Fauja Singh is now the world's oldest marathoner. Photo: Guardian

At 100, he just beat five people at the Toronto Marathon.

It’s impressive enough making the right life choices to live to the age of 100. But how about being able to run a marathon at that age?


Fauja Singh completed the Toronto Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon last weekend in 8:25:16. And he wasn’t even last. Five runners came in behind him.

“Anything worth doing is going to be difficult,” he said.

Singh says that running has given him peace and a sense of purpose. In 1995, he moved to from India to England. He took up running after the deaths of his wife and son. Singh began running at the age of 89. He thinks it was good kismet (destiny) when he met trainer Harmander Singh.

“I train him for free,” says Harmander. “It’s an honour for me.”  His coach says recent medical tests have shown that Singh has the bones of a 35-year-old. Singh runs between 10 and 15 kilometers every day.

“Why worry about these small, small things? I don’t stress,” he says. “You never hear of anyone dying of happiness.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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