August 10, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
London, England (August 10, 2014): Baba Fauja Singh, who is beleived to be world’s oldest marathon runner, has urged everyone to join a peace marathon organised in London to mark the First World War centenary in England.
London-based 103-year-old Baba Fauja Singh has organised a relay race to mark the hundredth year of World War I as message of “co-operation and harmony”, The Ilford Recorder reported on August 09.
The relay will comprise 21 laps of a 2km route, with participants receiving a commemorative medal and T-shirt.
The event will be organised by “Sikhs in the City” running club in London Borough of Redbridge Aug 24.
Baba Fauja Singh said the race was particularly in honour of the “forgotten victims” of conflicts — women and the elderly.
“I urge everyone to support the race as there is too much violence in the world today,” the report quoted him as saying.
He has been encouraging people of all faiths to join the peace marathon calling for an end to war.
“I was only three at the time and it seems that despite the hundred years since, man still continues fighting man when there is no need,” he reportedly said.
Since he took up running in 2000 aged 89, Baba Fauja Singh has run nine full marathons.
He took retirement after the Hong Kong marathon last year.
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