The Hindu is carrying an article today (23rd of Sept. 2012) on one of our more famous seniors in the world today – Fauja Singh. Born more than 100 years ago (1911, unverified), he has been competing in and more importantly completing marathons for many years now.
He was in the news most recently for carrying the Olympic torch, a fitting privilege for a fantastic athlete. Earlier in 2011, he completed The Toronto Waterfront full marathon in 8 hrs and 11 minutes, becoming the first 100 year old to complete any marathon. And to think he started training for his first marathon only in his mid 80’s!
The only reason he is not featured in the Guinness Book of World Records is because he does not have a birth certificate – something that was not regularly recorded at the turn of last century in India.
A hero among Sikhs and for all senior citizens, he has proved again and again that age is just another number!