It’s the end of the road for the world’s oldest marathoner, as Fauja Singh is set to retire from marathons after he completes the London Marathon on Sunday.
The BBC is reporting that Singh, 101, will not run any more marathons. But he’s not going to completely retire from running – just from running marathons. He says he intends to complete “short races” of 5K or 10K.
“I believe it’s probably best that this is the last. I don’t think he has anything else to prove,” his trainer Harmander Singh, told the BBC. The coach also believes Singh is in good shape for Sunday’s run in London.
“I’m very excited. But I’m worried I could get flu or something like that before then. So I can’t wait for Sunday to come,” Fauja Singh told the BBC in Punjabi.
Singh most recently completed the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October, 2011. He is widely considered to be the world’s oldest marathon runner, although Guinness World Records does not recognize the record because Singh has been unable to produce an official birth certificate.
Singh ran his first marathon at age 89.