Tuesday, October 18, 2011


To the pessimists among us who think that old age is full of aches, pain and memory loss, who think that at 80, it's time to kick the bucket, I say, tell that to centenarian Fauja Singh. The Briton finished a full marathon in 8 hours 25 mins 18 sec. Never mind that he came in at 3850th place, what's important is that he did not give up even when it looked like his legs could carry him no further. That's true grit.

Seniorsaloud first posted an article about Fauja Singh back in July 2009 ("The Real Supermen"). It's great to know that two years on, he is still going strong and running the best race of his life to clinch the title of the world's oldest marathon runner.

His advice to all of us:
  • Get rid of the notion that you are old.
  • Be grateful for everything that you have.
  • Stay away from people who are negative.
  • Stay smiling and keep running.
  • For stamina, take plenty of tea and ginger curry.
Fauja was a torchbearer at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He hopes to have this honour again at the 2012 Olympics in London.

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1 comment:

Starmandala said...

Glad he didn't mention tobacco and late nights! :-)