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Amazing 101-Year-Old Marathon Runner Is Retiring

Fauja Singh will run his last race in Hong Kong this Sunday. “I fear that when I stop running, people will no longer love me.”

1. Over the last 12 years, 101-year-old Fauja Singh has completed nine marathons.

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2. Singh, often called the “Turbaned Tornado,” was a farmer in Punjab, India, before moving to England and taking up running at age 89.

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3. His best public marathon time is reportedly five hours, 40 minutes and four seconds.

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4. Singh is believed to be the oldest marathon runner in the world, but he can’t be verified by Guinness World Records because he doesn’t have a birth certificate.

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5. This Sunday in Hong Kong, Singh will complete his final 10K before retirement.

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6. “I am hurt by the fact that I am going to retire,” he told the AFP, via an interpreter.

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7. “I do not really want to hear the word ‘retire’ because I can still run and jump on a bus … I fear that when I stop running, people will no longer love me. At the moment, everyone loves me.”

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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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