If a 101-Year-Old Can Run a Marathon, What’s Stopping You?

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 11 February 2013

A bright yellow shirt and turban, black running pants with neon stripes, and candy apple red sneakers. That’s what 101-year-old Fauja Singh wore when he ran the London Marathon and set a record as the world’s oldest man to finish the race.

Michael Mosley, a reporter with the BBC’s Horizon beat, is on site at the event and attempts to flag down a few runners over the age of 50 to learn their secrets. Eventually, he catches up with Singh and jogs along with him for a good portion of the marathon.

When Singh crosses the finish line, the look of sublime joy in his accomplishment is just a stunning moment. Be sure to watch the video to the end to catch it:

You have to be in pretty good health to run a marathon, and Singh is: per the report, he shows no signs of heart disease, takes no medications, and never had surgery.

How does he do it?

He truly believes that diet is everything, and Singh eats child-sized portions of fresh food. That’s it. It’s a simple approach, but one that’s obviously easier said than done. Imagine how restaurants in the US would be turned upside down if they were required to cut all the portions in half — or even in quarters? (But imagine too how our health would likely improve…)

I’m not a runner. I would gladly cheer on any friends or family members who wanted to do a marathon and needed support. However, Fauja Singh makes me think twice about it. I mean, if he can do it, why couldn’t (shouldn’t) I?

Besides his international recognition, Singh also made our list of 10 amazing centenarians earlier this year. Read about him and the nine other terrific 100+-ers who made the list here.



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