Back when I was training for my first marathon, I used to go to the food court every Friday to have curry for lunch. I’d read that 92 year-old marathoner Fauja Singh had a spicy curry every day, so I figured if it was good enough for Fauja, it was good enough for me.
Adidas put out an ad at the time which said, “6:54 at age 89. 5:40 at age 92. The Kenyans had better watch out for him when he turns 100.” Singh is now 100 and will be running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday. Kenyans beware.
Fauja Singh became the first 100 year-old to complete a marathon, officially running 8:11:05. His gun time was 8:25:16 meaning it took Fauja over fourteen minutes just to cross the starting line!
Twenty years behind, Ed Whitlock broke his own world record for 80 year-olds with a mind-boggling 3:15:50!
The young whipper-snappers had a good day too, despite windy conditions. Reid Coolsaet missed the new Canadian record but he and Eric Gillis both ran Olympic qualifying times. Dylan Wykes rounded out the fastest trio of Canadians to ever run the same marathon. No record but it was still a remarkable day for Canadian marathoning.
Click here for full results from the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Click here to see the list of Top All-time Canadian Marathon Times