101-year-old runner to hang up his sneakers

Centenarian marathon runner Fauja Singh, 101, originally from Beas Pind, in Jalandhar, India, but who now lives in London, runs in a 10-kilometer race, part of the annual Hong Kong Marathon, in Hong Kong on Sunday. Singh will hang up the racing sneakers. Enlarge photo

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Centenarian marathon runner Fauja Singh, 101, originally from Beas Pind, in Jalandhar, India, but who now lives in London, runs in a 10-kilometer race, part of the annual Hong Kong Marathon, in Hong Kong on Sunday. Singh will hang up the racing sneakers.

With a saffron turban and a flowing white beard, 101-year-old Fauja Singh finished a 10-kilometer race in Hong Kong.

Nicknamed the Turbaned Torpedo, the Indian-born runner finished the race in 1 hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds. Singh says he will now hang up his sneakers. “I will remember this day. I will miss it,” Singh said minutes after crossing the finish line.

Singh became the oldest man to run a full marathon in Toronto in 2011.

Centenarian marathon runner Fauja Singh, 101, visits the giant seated Buddha statue in Hong Kong’s outlying Lantau Island on Saturday. Singh says he will miss running races. Enlarge photo

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Centenarian marathon runner Fauja Singh, 101, visits the giant seated Buddha statue in Hong Kong’s outlying Lantau Island on Saturday. Singh says he will miss running races.