Now You Can Out Run Father Time

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Centenarian Sikh runner Fauja Singh poses for pictures after being the first person to officially enter for next year's Edinburgh Marathon on September 1, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. A world record holder, aged 100, Fajua Singh has run seven marathons, all after his 89th birthday. He officially opened the entry process by signing up for his last ever 26 mile event in Edinburgh. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Just how old is too old for the spine rattling sport of long distance running?

The astonishing answer comes from a “loser.”

Fauja Singh didn’t start running marathons until he was 89. At age 100, he came in dead last for Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (October 2011), but he won first place in the Guinness book of World Records for being the oldest human to run a marathon. Losing and wining at the same time; that’s so very Zen, isn’t it?

Singh credits his longevity with his healthy lifestyle: he not only walks or runs 10 miles each day, but he also eats a vegetarian diet, and refrains from drinking or smoking.

The moral? If father time is going to chase you, Make Him run Marathons.



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