101-year-old runner finishes his last race

oldest marathon runnerDamn, here’s some motivation to get you on the treadmill this week.  On Sunday, 101-year-old Fauja Singh completed his last race before retiring from his long career of running marathons.  Also known as the “Turbaned Torpedo,” Singh ran a 10-kilometer race (6.25 miles) at the Hong Kong marathon, finishing it  in one hour, 32 minutes, 28 seconds.

The India-born runner has a pretty inspiring story.  An illiterate farmer, he started running at age 89 to cope with depression after his wife and son died.  ”He didn’t think his life was worth living without his son,” Singh’s coach said.  After running he first marathon in 2000, Singh was hooked and did eight more.  In 2011, he became the oldest man to run a full marathon, completing the race in Toronto at age 100.

Not to sound all new age, but it’s inspiring to see how Singh’s physical health was a result of his quest for emotional well-being — you can’t have one without the other, in my opinion.  Reminds me of my amazing 90-year old granny, who adamantly wakes up at 5am everyday to swim laps at the local pool for two hours.  Now that takes grit!

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