World’s Oldest Marathoner Retires At 101

World's Oldest Marathoner Retires At 101Not your average great-great grandfather, Fauja Singh has completed nine 26-mile (42-kilometer) marathons since taking up long-distance running just over a decade ago. On Sunday, the 101-year-old Sikh finished his final competitive race in Hong Kong, putting an end to a sporting career that has raised thousands of dollars for charity and been an inspiration to many around the world.

‘Turbaned Tornado’

Nicknamed “Turbaned Tornado” by fans for his distinctive traditional headwear, Singh said he began long-distance running in an attempt to lift the depression that engulfed him after he witnessed the death of his son.

He completed the 10-kilometer route that wound its way along Hong Kong’s harborfront in one hour 32 minutes and 28 seconds — four minutes faster than his time last year despite a small stumble. Singh moved to the UK from India following the death of his son and entered his first marathon in London in 2000 aged 89.


‘Impossible is nothing’

In 2011, Singh became the first centenarian on record to complete a marathon after finishing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2011 in eight hours and 11 minutes and six seconds. He was also a torchbearer for the 2012 Olympics and was featured in Adidas’ “Impossible is nothing” advertising campaign.

Although the Hong Kong event was Singh’s last competitive race, his coach said the centenarian will still run for pleasure. As he hangs up his running shoes, Singh told CNN he had no secret diet or training regimen. He attributed his success to a simple love of the sport.

Have you been inspired with Fauja Singh’s story? Tell us about the oldest athlete you know!

Source: Katie Hunt, CNN

Image: India Today

Hug Me Jacket — Cool Or Creepy?

Here is the perfect parka for the long, dark, and lonely days of winter. “Everybody needs love, don’t they?” asks emerging menswear designer Si Chan on his blog. Chan says he designed his eccentric kelly green puffer jacket, which features a row of clasped hands running up the front, to make the wearer feel “warm and hugged.”

While Chan, who recently graduated with top honors from London’s College of Fashion, purposely exaggerated the padding to resemble a kid’s stuffed toy in order to emphasize the warm and fuzzy vibe of the jacket, there’s also something a little creepy about it and some of the other touchy-feely items in his collection of six outfits. The grabbing hands conjure up straight jacket from a future planet or tree branches-turned-arms from a child’s nightmare.


Chan explains that hugging hands are a symbol of what makes it possible for humans to “express love” and “depart from loneliness” and he insists his vision is sweet, not sinister. A photo from his blog titled “Inspiration” bears that out. It’s a sun-washed snapshot of him as a giggling toddler being given a loving squeeze by his older brother. If only a jacket could make one feel that good.

The “Hug Me Jacket” is a prototype but the designer tells Yahoo! Shine he would like to produce it for sale online this winter. The cost would be about £800 ($1,1200).

Do you think the “Hug Me Jacket” is kinda cool or really creepy? Would YOU were it for winter, or would you rather reserve it for Halloween? Feel free to tell us what you think about this new fad!

Source: Yahoo News

Image: GO City Girl