SURREY WELCOMES WORLD’S OLDEST MARATHON RUNNER
Legendary Fauja Singh to participate in Mayor’s 5K Walk/Run
The Surrey International World Music Marathon is thrilled to welcome fleet footed centurion Fauja Singh, holder of the remarkable honour of being the world’s oldest marathon runner. And, much to the astonishment of the global racing community, at the grand old age of 101 Singh is showing no signs of slowing down.
“Fauja Singh is an inspiration to millions as a symbol of longevity, athleticism and the power of having a positive attitude,” says Race Director Tim Hopkins. “It’s an honour to have him participating in our event.”
Singh developed his love of running while working as a farmer in his Punjabi homeland, where he was born on April 1st, 1911. It was more than a half century later when Singh moved to Great Britain that he began running in earnest.
Since taking up the sport Singh has achieved a number of accolades; one of these includes the world record for the men’s over-90 category after completing the 2003 Toronto marathon in five hours and 40 minutes.
“Having Mr. Singh participate in the Surrey Marathon is incredibly exciting,” says Councillor Tom Gill. “I encourage the people of the lower mainland to come out and participate alongside this inspirational individual.”
“Mr. Singh’s sheer amazing endurance and commitment is an inspiration for millions,” says Councillor Barinder Rasode. “We are honoured to have him join the first annual Surrey International Marathon.”
Fauja Singh will participate in the Mayors 5K Walk/Run alongside Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts and a number of Surrey City Councillors. Individuals of all ages and abilities are encouraged to register to participate in the 5K event by going to www.surreymarathon.com.