Most of us can barely imagine ourselves running any sort of marathon at all in our lifetime. But here’s one fellow who has reportedly lived decades past 100, leaving people in the dust with every marathon he’s run! So, what’s his secret?

Mr. Dharam Singh, born October 6th, 1897, has run more marathons than he can remember. But… how?

On this edition of Saturday’s Around the World, we’re traveling to India to meet him and hear how in the world a now 121-year-old man is capable of such a feat. And while we’re at it, we’ll get a whole new perspective on our own lives to help spark of our passions no matter our age!

Image: Portrait of Dharam Singh

Dharam Singh
Courtesy of David Freid

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” — George Bernard Shaw

Running any length of a marathon at any age is quite the feat. But running them over the age of 110? Well, that’s considered to be impossible.

Of course, that was until Dharam Singh made it into that age bracket.

It’s a bit hard to believe. Really—how, when so many people barely make it to 100 years old, has he managed to keep running?

Our featured video from MEL Films brings us to India to meet Dharam Singh in 2017 and to hear the opinions of experts from different walks of medical philosophy. See what you think…

How great is that?!

You can see more great work from MEL Films, AKA David Freid, over on their Vimeo channel, and by giving them a follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!

“Mr. Singh is a role model. And he says life is for celebration, not regrets.” — Dr. Parkaj Naram

Regardless of how old people believe Mr. Singh really is, it doesn’t discredit the root of his message. Stay active, take care of your body, keep exploring, and if you’re given the chance to live out on the edges of your comfort zone, do it! These are simple concepts. Yet, they’ve gotten him pretty far!

But if you’re at all concerned about the veracity of his age, don’t worry; there are still plenty of wise, powerful elders running around inspiring us. This fabulous episode of CBS Sunday Morning introduces us to three of them: 

Did you notice how sharp each one of these wise elders were? Maybe it’s no coincidence that their minds don’t seem to be suffering in the passage of time much at all. They have lived long and lived well, and can speak to us from a future that could be ours too.

Often, the best life advice comes from those who have lived here a long while, and those whose lives have just begun. There’s always simplicity to their advice. And you can listen to some of it in the following article:

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The Best Advice from 100-Year-Olds

Have you wondered what advice your 100- year-old self might give you today in your current circumstances?

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How do you want to live when you’re older?

Do you have anyone in your life who’s stamina into their elder years has impressed you? Ask them what they’ve done! See what sort of wisdom you can gather for how to make the most out of your time here.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. — Samuel Ullman

Stay open to new possibilities!

  • Sam

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” — Albert Einstein 

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  1. MEL Films. “The Never-Ending Marathon of Mr. Dharam Singh.” Vimeo, MEL Films, 15 Nov. 2017, Accessed 9 July 2019.
  2. CBS Sunday Morning. “Seniors Push Athleticism to the Limit.” YouTube, CBS Sunday Morning, 7 Aug. 2016, Accessed 9 July 2019.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.