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Fauja Singh recounts his life with BC filmmaker

india Updated: Jun 15, 2013 19:04 IST
World oldest marathon runner

Legendary marathoner Fauja Singh, 102, recently sat down to chronicle his running tales with Dylan Sidoo, an upcoming Vancouver filmmaker.

Sidoo filmed an exclusive 98-minute interview with the world's oldest marathon runner in Orange County, California at the Sikh Arts & Film Festival (SAFF) held at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Singh completed his last marathon at age 101.

The marathon man, dubbed the Turbaned Tornado, developed his love of running while working as a farmer in his Punjab homeland, where he was born on April 1, 1911, but it was more than a half-century later when Singh moved to Great Britain that he began marathoning in earnest.

Singh took to running as a way to help him overcome the experiences of witnessing the death of his fifth son, Kuldip, in August 1994 and the deaths of his wife in 1992, and his eldest daughter. Running gave him the drive for his new focus in life. He later immigrated to England in his 80s and now lives with one of his sons in Ilford.

Sidoo from Vancouver has produced a number of short films before taking his talents to telling the imposing story of Fauja Singh, the long distance running legend.