Fauja Singh : The Turbaned Tornado
Fauja Singh, a 100 year old India-born runner became the oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon when he completed the race in Toronto. It took Singh 8:11:06 to cross the finish line. He finished the marathon more than 6 hours after Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara won the event. Singh was the last competitor to finish the Race.
Fauja Singh (born April 1, 1911) is a British centenarian marathon runner of Indian Sikh origin. He is a world record holder in his age bracket, though Guiness Book recently said that it will not enter his name in records as he fails to provide the birth certificate.
He is the oldest man to be featured in a PETA campaign, he is vegetarian.
Fauja Singh’s biography titled “Turbaned Tornado“, was formally released in the Attlee Room of Britain’s House of Lords on July 7, 2011 by Lord Anthony Young of Norwood Green and retired British Supreme Court judge Sir Mota Singh. The 114-page book, penned by journalist and writer Khushwant Singh, traces the runner’s roots and tries to capture his life’s journey, understanding the impact of Fauja on the world around him.