Friday, October 14, 2011

The Turbaned Tornado

Photo: Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail.

Tomorrow is the Toronto Marathon. Fauja Singh intends to compete, and complete, the marathon. Remarkable, given he is 100 years old!

They call him the Turbaned Tornado.

He speaks no English, only his native Punjabi. But at the venerable age of 100, runner Fauja Singh’s message of offering only your best is eloquent in any language.

Fauja -- the name means soldier -- is a former farmer who began running at 80 after the passing of his wife and son. At 89, he became an everyman-type racer. On Thursday, he ran eight world record times for his age group in less than five hours at Scarborough’s Birchmount Stadium track, from distances as short as 100 metres to as long as 5,000 metres. He’s hoping to add a ninth for the Guinness World Record book, as the first centenarian to run the entire 42.195-km distance in Sunday’s Scotiabank Waterfront Toronto Marathon. The times, witnessed by officials of Ontario Masters Athletics, will be sent to the governing International Association of Athletics Federations for ratification.Very inspirational. Read more here…..

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