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World’s Oldest Marathoner is Hanging Up His Sneakers

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It's Monday again. Most of us have just started our week, and we are dragging a bit from the weekend. So hopefully this story about a centenarian achieving something extraordinary will inspire us to get after it a bit more.

Fauja Singh, who is 101 years old and lives in London, just finished his last competitive race. Singh has decided to hang up his sneakers after completing eight marathons since 2000. He said, "I am happy that I am retiring at the top of the game, but I am sad that the time has come for me to not be part of it." He no longer plans to run competitively, but he said he will run for charities if asked.

Singh began running marathons after suffering from a bout of depression when he lost his wife and his fifth son. In 2011, Singh became the oldest full-marathon runner after completing the Toronto marathon in 5 hours and 40 minutes.

Singh completed his final race, the Hong Kong 10K, in an hour and 32 minutes. "From a tragedy has come a lot of success and happiness," Singh said before the race.

As cool and memorable as Singh's story is, you will not find him in the Guinness World Records, because he does not have a birth certificate to prove his age.

[Related: Japanese equestrian defies Father Time as oldest competitor at London Olympics]

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