World's oldest marathoner to run the StanChart Marathon

SINGAPORE - Fauja Singh, believed to be the world's oldest marathoner at 101 years old, will be participating in the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore on December 2, 2012.

The British centenarian marathoner will be running in the 10km race with his son, Sukhjinder Singh, 53, while four others from their running group, Sikhs In The City (SITC), will be participating in the full marathon in Singapore.

Born in India, Fauja moved to London in 1992 and is currently based in Essex, Ilford. An amateur runner in Punjab before giving up the sport in 1947, he picked up running again after the demise of his wife and his relocation to London to live with his youngest son.

Fauja has since completed nine full marathons and holds the world record for the men's over-90 category after running the Toronto marathon in five hours and 40 minutes in 2003.

Taking part in one of his last races before he retires, Fauja and his team will be running to raise awareness for the SportCares Foundation, a Vision 2030 initiative that aims to leverage on the power and positive impact of sport for social good.

The charity helps underprivileged children, youths-at-risk, needy seniors, people with physical or intellectual disabilities and other disadvantaged people in Singapore.

"We aim to do something positive for the local community wherever we go and this trip to Singapore will not be different. Fauja chose to raise funds for the SportCares Foundation and we are happy to give a helping hand to the less fortunate," said Harmander Singh, Fauja's running coach who will also be running the full marathon.

Donors who would like to contribute to Fauja's cause may do so here.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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