Fauja started his career as a marathon runner at the age of 89 and is a huge inspiration to runners all round the world. He has completed nine marathons and carried the Flame while it was in London for the 2004 Athens Games. His current personal best time for the London Marathon in 2003 is 6 hours 2 minutes but with a world best of 5 hours 40 minutes in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2003. In the same event in 2011 Fauja became the first 100 year old to complete a marathon in just over eight hours after setting world records in eight distances from 100m to 5000m just 72 hours earlier. In April 2012 he completed the London Marathon in 7 hours 49 minutes at the age of 101. Fauja has raised tens of thousands for various charities globally through his running.