Fauja Singh, the world’s oldest marathoner, is at it again. This time, he plans to celebrate his 101st birthday by finishing the London Marathon on April 22.
Singh, who became the unofficial record holder at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October, will participate in his 11th marathon in London. Guinness World Records does not recognize Singh’s record, as it says he could not produce a birth certificate to verify his age.
Singh only started running when he was 81 as a way to fight depression.
“His mental attitude was what inspires me to this day,” Harmander Singh, who coaches the runner, told Voice of America News. “He was so mentally focused. If I said, ‘We’re going to do 10 kilometers today,’ he would say, ‘Why not 20?’
“You can’t stop the guy running. Because the day he stops running will be the day his body will start deteriorating,” he added. “He said he would like to die running.”