Verified Rebel: Fauja Singh

Posted: July 18, 2012 in Motivation, Rebel Running
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Some people have been doing some really cool s–t with running. A rebel runner forges their own road. They run for a cause bigger than their own. They might go against conventional wisdom or they might just make a habit of bending the rules. Basically a runner that is just plain AWESOME.

Today’s verified Rebel Runner is none other than Fauja Singh.

CREDENTIALS:

  • Started “seriously” running at the age of 81
  • At 100 years old he attempted and broke the world age group record in 8 different races (100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, Mile, 3000, 5000 — I don’t imagine stiff competition in the age group..)
  • First 100 year old to complete a marathon
  • Stays to a strict vegetarian diet.
  • He will carry the Olympic torch for the SECOND TIME (previously the 2004 Athens Olympics) for the 2012 London Olympics this Saturday, July 21st.He is one of very few that have ever handled the torch on two separate occasions.
  • He’s raised tens of thousands of dollars for various charities.

Century tested, Rebel Runner approved. I can’t imagine starting to consistently run at the age of 81. I also can’t imagine being 81 years old, but that’s besides the point. The Guiness Book of World Records won’t recognize him as the oldest man to complete a marathon as he is unable to provide a birth certificate (they did not provide them in his hometown in British India back in 1911), but still his feat needs to be recognized. He says he got this way by sticking to his diet and steering clear of alcohol (womp womp). And to top it all off, he’s a member of the running group Sikhs in the City, a play on words of the famed TV show Sex and the City… which is just awesome.

“I won’t stop running until I die. The next target, God willing, is to be the oldest marathon runner ever.” – Fauja Singh

To the rebel in you,
Dels

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