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Amazing 101-Year-Old Marathon Runner Is Retiring

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

Over the last 12 years, 101-year-old Fauja Singh has completed nine marathons.
Image by BOBBY YIP / Reuters

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

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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Image by BOBBY YIP / Reuters

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

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

[source]

Image by BOBBY YIP / Reuters

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.

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.
Image by BOBBY YIP / Reuters

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

This Sunday in Hong Kong, Singh will complete his final 10K before retirement.
Image by BOBBY YIP / Reuters

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

"I am hurt by the fact that I am going to retire," he told the AFP, via an interpreter.
Image by BOBBY YIP / Reuters

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.”

"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."
Image by BOBBY YIP / Reuters
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