Fauja Singh ran his farewell road race last Sunday. A sprightly 101 years old (that is not a typo), Singh ran his last competitive loop in Hong Kong, covering a 10-kilometer route (6.25 miles) along the city’s harborfront in slightly less than 93 minutes. That works out to roughly 4 miles an hour. Not a bad pace for a centenarian set of legs.
The Indian-born Singh, a Sikh from Punjab, didn’t become a running devotee until he approached his 90th birthday. It was sorrow that started him on his way, not long after he lost his wife, and then a son, Kuldip, in a span of about two years.