The 105 year old, Fauja Singh, an Indian born Sikh and British citizen, ran his first marathon at the age of 89 to overcome depression after the loss of his wife and son.
On October 16 2011, at the age of 100, Singh also known as the 'Turbaned Tornado' became the oldest man to run a full marathon on the Toronto Waterfront.
Singh received a letter from Queen Elisabeth ll congratulating him on his 100th birthday.
Between ages 89 and 100 Fauja Singh had run seven marathons. He retired from competition in 2013, just shy of his 102nd birthday.
After he announced his retirement he indicated he would continue to run for pleasure, health and charitable events.
But, in 2016 he ran the Mubai Marathon as seen here.
When asked by various media outlets, what his secret for a long and healthy life, he said:
- Live a stress-free life
- Be grateful for everything you have
- Stay away from negative people
- Eat healthy and light (he’s a vegetarian)
- Be charitable
- Stay smiling and keep running