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World’s Oldest Marathoner Does It Again

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 8, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 8, 2011 at 11:19 AM UTC
At 100, Fauja Singh isn't showing any signs of stopping. Photo: AP

This time he ran eight kilometers for charity.

At 100, Fauja Singh isn't showing any signs of stopping. Photo: AP

Fauja Singh is 100 years old. At the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last month, he completed the marathon, becoming, unofficially, the oldest person in the history of the world to cover 26.2 miles.

In Dubai last weekend, the British citizen of Indian origin returned to racing and completed an 8K run. Singh was invited by Sarbat Da Bhala, a Dubai based non-government organization with the proceeds of the event going to charity.

“I am happy to be in Dubai and I really enjoyed the run,” he said afterwards.

Singh was born on April 1, 1911 and owns many world records for his age. However, after he completed the Toronto Marathon in 8:11:06, the Guinness Book of World Records was unable to certify the record. Apparently, Singh could not produce a valid birth certificate. Other age records were not deemed sufficient by the governing body.

Singh’s marathon PR is 6:02. He ran that time when he was 92 years old at the London Marathon in 2003.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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