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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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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. Some people have been doing some really cool s–t with running.

Keeping with the Olympic theme, today’s verified Rebel Runner is none other than Oscar Pistorius.

Blade Runner!

CREDENTIALS:

  • Born without the fibula (long bone on the outside of the leg from the knee to the ankle) in each of his legs. Both legs amputated at 11 months
  • the first athlete in history to win gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m events in the T43/T44 category of the Paralympics
  • After originally being banned from able-bodied competition, Pistorius fought the ruling and after two days scientists confirmed that he has a disadvantage at at the start and acceleration phases of races, and therefore no net advantage
  • His nickname is Blade Runner — insert “enough said” here

Disability tested, Rebel Runner approved. They call him the “Blade Runner” for obvious reasons. He’s the cause for the “Great Blade Debate” over the interwebs. It’s a tough call for many, I mean he doesn’t have to worry about calf cramps or rolled ankles say the haters… but he also hasn’t had legs since before he was one. Once the science rolls out on what type of competetive advantage he may have, then we’ll see. Until then, let’s respect the man for standing tall against preconceived notions of the disabled.

To the rebel in you,
Dels

As a competitor I never really paid much attention to those I would be racing against. I guess I looked at it like “I’m going to run MY race, and it doesn’t much matter what style race someone else runs.” (Jeez, what an ego on this guy) But I honestly ran my races one way, and if it worked, it worked. After competition was over I learned that 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.

Continuing with an Olympic athlete theme, today’s verified Rebel Runner is none other than Lopepe “Lopez” Lomong.

He's arrived..

CREDENTIALS:

  • Captured by rebel soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army at the age of 6, and after watching boys his age die he and 3 others escaped their camp and ran for 3 days to Kenya
  • After 10 years in a refugee camp he wrote an essay and was accepted to come to America as one of the “Lost Boys of the Sudan”
  • Two-time NCAA Champion
  • Two-time Outdoor 1500 meter National Champion
  • After gaining his citizenship in 2007, he represented the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Started the Lopez Lomong Foundation, which partnered with World Vision to create 4 South Sudan.
  • Qualified for the 2012 London Olympics in the 5,000 meter race
  • Oh and by the way, earlier this year he miscounted his laps and started his kick one lap too early, STOPPED RUNNING, and still set the world’s leading time in the 5k this year.

Captivity tested, Rebel Runner approved. I can’t fathom going through what Lopez Lomong went through at such a young age. Words can’t begin to explain what he has achieved after facing such adversity… he rebelled against rebels.

It’s so fitting to name Lopez Lomong a Rebel Runner on Independence Day. He represents what America is all about — opportunity, freedom. If you’re an American, and you can watch the below video without being moved, you might want to check to make sure you have a soul.


What do red, white, and blue mean to you? Leave a comment, I’d really like to know.

To the rebel in you,
Dels

As a competitor I never really paid much attention to those I would be racing against. I guess I looked at it like “I’m going to run MY race, and it doesn’t much matter what style race someone else runs.” (Jeez, what an ego on this guy) But I honestly ran my races one way, and if it worked, it worked. After competition was over I learned that 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 Nicholas Symmonds.

Beast Mode with 300 left

CREDENTIALS:

  • Raising awareness on overly stringent sponsorship rules keeping professional track athletes’ average salary at $17,000
  • Holds US record in the beer mile (5:31 are you kidding me?!)
  • He just qualified for the 2012 London Olympics
  • National 800m champion 5 years in a row.
  • Attended a Division III college — Willamette University
  • Just took Paris Hilton out on a date

USATF tested, Rebel Runner approved. This guy is pretty much a boss right now and I’m pretty sure I have a man-crush. Best of luck to this guy and his hopes for Olympic hardware.

To the rebel in you,
Dels