The world's oldest marathon runner, the 'Turbaned Torpedo' ran 10 kilometers in the Hong Kong marathon on Sunday, raising $25,800 for charity. Completing the run in one hour and 34 minutes was no mean feat for Fauja Singh who is 100-years-old.
reported that as Singh crossed the finishing line he told reporters "The weather was very pleasant, I enjoyed the race very much."
Unfortunately, as Digital Journal
reported following Singh's waterfront marathon in Toronto last year, Singh is unable to produce a birth certificate to validate his age. This omission resulted in the Guinness Book of Records refusing to recognize him officially as the oldest marathon runner in the world.
In an interview with the Guardian
last year Singh said he took up running late in life, at the age of 89. He trains with ex-professional runner Harmander Singh who said that health tests revealed the older man "has the bones of a 35-year-old". In remarkable health, Singh runs every day and became a poster boy for Adidas at the age of 94.
Over 70,000 runners gathered for Sunday's Hong Kong marathon, with a choice of running in the 42 kilometer marathon, a half-marathon, or the 10 kilometer run selected by the 'Turbaned Torpedo.' The charity 'Seeing is Believing' is the beneficiary of Singh's charitable run.