Tuesday, January 29, 2013
101-Year Old Marathoner To Retire From Competition
101-year old runner Fauja Singh has announced that he will retire from competitive marathons following one last run. He intends to take to the streets at the Hong Kong Marathon on Feb. 24 before hanging up his sneakers. That would be the ninth marathon that he has run since he took up the sport at the age of 89.
Singh, who turns 102 in April, says he has no intention of stopping running and will continue to do so after he retires from competition. He says that running is an integral part of his life and an important part of what has kept him healthy and happy past his 100th birthday. The Sikh says he will still run for four ours per day even after he has officially retired.
As someone who runs nearly every day myself, I find Singh's story a fascinating one. I hope that I can have as much energy and enthusiasm for life as he does when I reach old age. I do believe that exercise is a key element for staying healthy and young, plus nothing helps relieve the stress of the day like a good long run. Not sure I'll make it to 100 or more, but I'll definitely give it a go!
Thanks to the Goat for the tip on this one!