17 Oct '11, 3am
100-year-old runner becomes the oldest person to complete full-distance marathon, finishing in about 8.5 hours
A 100-year-old runner became the oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon when he finished the race in Toronto on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AP TORONTO (AP) - A 100-year-old runner became the oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon when he finished the race in Toronto on Sunday. Indian-born Fauja Singh earned a spot in the Guinness World Book of Records for his accomplishment. It took Mr Singh more than eight hours to cross the finish line - more than six hours after Kenya's Kenneth Mungara won the event for the fourth straight year - and he was the last competitor to complete the course. But his time wasn't nearly as remarkable as the accomplishment. Event workers dismantled the barricades along the finish line and took down sponsor banners even as Mr Singh made his way up the final few hundred yards of the race.