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Age Not Stopping 96-Year-Old Runner

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 26, 2012
  • Updated Sep. 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM UTC
Maan Kaur isn't letting age stop her. Photo: The Asian Age

She’s going to tackle 13.1 miles this weekend in the Indian capital.

Even though Mann Kaur is 96 years old, she’s made one thing clear: she’s going to run.

The Indian woman, who was born before World War 1 ended, is taking part in Aritel Delhi Half Marathon on September 30.

According to an article posted on The Asian Age Web site, Kaur decided to give running a shot thanks in part to her 75-year-old son, Gurdev Singh, who lives in Canada, and is also a runner.

Kaur recently won a gold medal in the 100-meter and 200-meter events at the World Masters Championships in Sacramento, California.

She is called the “Golden Girl of India”.

“I feel privileged to have represented India at the world masters athletic championship,” she said. “This year, my son and I are participating in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and I am really excited. It’s a message for all the people around — Have Feet, Will Run, Have Will, Will Triumph!”

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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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