Hundred-year-old man completes marathon
Every now and then, a story comes along that defies all reason. The case of Britain's Fauja Singh is definitely one of them, as he recently set the record for oldest person to run a marathon at the ripe old age of 100.
The centenarian athlete crossed the finish line at the Toronto Marathon eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds after he started, coming in 3,850th overall. He wasn't dead last in the race, finishing ahead of five other competitors. Singh, who is of Indian descent, is now the world record holder for the oldest person to complete a marathon.
Many see his story as inspirational, because almost all logic and common wisdom says he shouldn't have been able to do it. According to the BBC, running in a marathon can actually put as much stress on your body as a heart attack. In addition, oxygen circulation and muscle strength – two key components of running – sharply decrease as you age.
Singh says that a diet of ginger curry and never smoking or drinking alcohol allowed him to achieve his goal. He also says that staying positive as he trained for the event was a major key in his success.
The runner was undoubtedly encouraged by his friends and family as he pursued his dream. One way to show support for loved ones back home is by using online money transfer services to send funds quickly and easily.
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