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At 100, Fauja Singh Isn’t Done Marathoning

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 5, 2012
  • Updated Jan. 5, 2012 at 11:43 AM UTC
Fauja Singh isn't letting a record get in his way. Photo: Binscorner.com

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: Binscorner.com

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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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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