Looking for New Year Inspiration … Check Out this 101-Year-Old Champion Runner

| January 9, 2018

Man Kaur of India celebrates after competing in the 100-meter sprint in the 100+ age category at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand, in April. Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images

We were inspired by this NPR story about 101-year-old Man Kaur, of India, who is currently training for the Asia Pacific Masters Games in Malaysia next September.

“Every day she wakes up at 4 a.m., bathes, washes clothes, makes tea, recites prayers until about 7 a.m. Sometimes she goes to the Gurdwara, the place of worship for Sikhs, other times she prays at home. And then she goes to the track for an hour of sprinting practice. And she’s not just doing it for fun. A competitive runner, Kaur is a world record holder in her age group for several categories.”

The centenarian is a role model for women and runners everywhere. November, she was declared the brand ambassador for a nonprofit organization called Pinkathon, which raises awareness of women’s health issues — and encourages running as a way to improve physical fitness.

At the Pinkathon announcement event, Kaur was literally mobbed by gushing women, many of whom started running in their 30s and 40s. “She’s such a star,” says Sonia Kulkarni, from the organization. “At her age, she’s so fit, enthusiastic, alive, independent. She’s a world champion!”


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