25 Jan

Fauja Plans Final Marathon Day

Fauja Singh

Fauja Singh's glittering running career looks set to come to an end with news that Hong Kong marathon on 24 February will be his final competitive event - he's running in the 10k on the marathon day programme. While the race in Hong Kong - which falls five weeks before 102nd birthday - will be his last official race, he is still planning to stick to a daily routine of 8-9 miles.

Born in India in 1911 on 1 April, Fauja has more than 500 races under his belt, all of which were completed after his 89th birthday. In 2011, he became the first 100-year-old to successfully finish a marathon, covering the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 8:11:06.

Speaking during a visit to his home state of Punjab, Fauja said: "Yes, the Honk Kong Marathon will be the last. But I will keep running daily for at least four hours daily to cover 8-9 miles."

On the reasons behind his longevity, he added: "The reason for my good health is that I exercise daily and follow a proper diet regime. Nowadays, people are more interested in going to a gym, but I feel that if they exercise regularly on their own they can be physically and mentally strong."