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Congratulations to Fauja Singh for becoming the oldest marathoner in the world!

17 October 2011

img_9074_01_0100 year old Fauja Singh made history this weekend at the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon in Toronto by becoming the oldest person to ever complete the full marathon. He completed the gruelling distance of 42km in just over 8 hours and was welcomed by hundreds of supporters (“Fauja Fever”) at the finish line. “He is absolutely overjoyed, he’s achieved his long life wish” stated his coach Harmander Singh. It was remarkable accomplishment that provides proof that impossible is nothing. We hope in time this will inspire others to take the challenge and take on doing the 5km, half or full marathon distances. Also,

thank you to the group of volunteers who marshalled and cheered participants throughout the day and eagerly anticipated the arrival of Fauja Singh!

We congratulate the entire team “Sikhs in the City”!

Congratulations Fauja Singh, you are an inspiration to all of us!

Fauja Fever in Toronto

On October 13th 2011, Guru Gobind Singh Childern’s foundation hosted a tea party to celebrate Fauja Singh’s 100th birthday. As Fauja Singh made his way to the front of the hall, the community knew that they were a part of something very special. This was a moment that they would tell their coming generations about. GGSCF volunteers presented awards to Fauja Singh and his entire team. The community was eager to gather around Fauja Singh for pictures. At the end of the night, Fauja Singh spoke to community. Sikh Gurus have taught us about the simplicity, strength and endurance that Fauja Singh embodies. His appeal spans all generations, as he is truly an inspiration to all, both young and old. We hope to celebrate his 101st birthday with him next year!

Earlier on October 13th Fauja was at Birhmount Stadium and set the following records:

* 100 metres — 23.40 seconds (previous 29.83)

* 200 metres — 52.23 seconds (previous 77.59 seconds)

* 400 metres — 2:13.48 (previous 3:41.00)

* 800 metres — 5:32.18 (no previous record)

* 1,500 metres — 11:27.00 (previous 16:46.00)

* 1 mile — 11:53.45 (no previous record)

* 3,000 metres — 24:52.47 (no previous record

* 5,000 metres — 49:57.39 (no previous)