Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon Written by Simran Jeet Singh Illustrated by Baljinder Kaur 2020 Age range: 4-8
When Fauja Singh was a child he longed to run and play with his friends, but was
unable to and his parents feared that he would never walk. Fauja whose name means “warrior lion” practiced and practiced and walked right after his 5th birthday. He was teased as a child because his legs were weak, but he knew that his “spirit was strong. Fauja never went to school because it was too far away and set his sight on farming and because he improved his walking, he turned his steps into miles. Years later when his wife died Fauja journeyed to England to be close to his family he saw a race on tv, he could not comprehend that people were running “just to run” but he took up the sport and smiled when he ran. As much as he enjoyed the running, he was always up for a challenge and at the age of 89 became the oldest person ever to finish the London Marathon. At the age of 93 he traveled to New York to run the New York City Marathon telling himself “today is a chance to do your best.” Even though he collapsed at the end Fauja still had something to prove and at the age of 100 he competed in a Toronto marathon finishing in 8 hours 11 minutes and 5.9 seconds.
A Bookish Decree: A man who knew in his heart that his spirit was strong overcame the impossible to show the possible in the world.