At 100, Fauja Singh Isn’t Done Marathoning

Fauja Singh isn't letting a record get in his way. Photo:

He doesn’t own the world record, but that isn’t bothering him.

Fauja Singh isn't letting a record get in his way. Photo:

The Guinness Book of World Records may have turned down giving him an official recognition, but the¬† world’s oldest unofficial¬†marathoner, Fauja Singh, isn’t rattled. In fact, he insists on continuing to complete the 26.2-mile event despite his age.

On April 1, the Indian-born British citizen will turn 101.

Regarding the fact that the Guinness Book of World Records has given him the cold shoulder, Singh remains indifferent.

“I don’t even know the name of Guinness book, so why should I bother about it?,” he said, speaking through a translator. “My job is to run and I will continue to do that. Recognition by any book or agency will not affect my spirit towards running.”

Singh maintains that his age is accurate and challenges naysayers to check his government-issued passport. He even noted that Queen Elizabeth sent him a congratulatory telegram on April 1 last year.

Officials from Guinness came out to supervise Singh’s running of the Scotiabank Toronto Marathon last year, but say that Singh has failed to produce a valid birth certificate.

For More: The Economic Times

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