Even at 24 years old, the idea of running a 42-kilometer marathon (about 26 miles) sounds too grueling for me even to think about—let alone accomplish! But that’s exactly what Fauja Singh did in Toronto, becoming the world’s oldest marathon runner at the sprightly age of 100.
While some start jogging at an early age and keep at it throughout their lives, Singh only started running competitively at the age of 89, following the death of his wife and son. After completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in eight hours, 25 minutes, and 16 seconds, many people are asking, “How did he do it?” For Singh, it comes down to simple diet choices.
“You need a balanced and wholesome diet. It doesn’t matter how nice to look at or sweet food is – if your body can’t digest it, why eat it?” says Singh. “In many parts of the world, people are dying because of starvation, whilst others are dying because of overeating. My solution is just to eat what my body needs .”
A vegan diet is as good for humans’ health as it is for animal welfare. All our dietary needs, even as infants and children, are best satisfied by a diet free of meat. The American Dietetic Association notes that a vegetarian diet reduces our risk of developing many chronic degenerative diseases and conditions, including heart disease, cancer, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.
Fancy running a marathon when you reach 100 years old? Pledge to be vegan today!
Posted by Robert Fry