According to The Biz Runner, which is fast becoming one of my favorite blogs, NYRR is offering an appearance fee of $100,000 to entice 98-year old Fauja Singh to run the NYC Marathon in 2011, at which time he will be 100 years old. At present the record for the oldest marathoner is 98-years old. (At the 2008 marathon, Buster Martin claimed to be 101 years old, but that claim was never verified and his record is not recognized.)
In case you were wondering, Mr. Singh – who began running again at age 89 (after a 50 year hiatus) – has a PR of 5:40, which he set at age 92.
Mr. Singh's representative says that all prizes and appearance fees that Mr. Singh gets go to a charity for premature babies. "I think it is a good thing for the oldest person in the race to run for the youngest people in our world" said Mr. Singh
***UPDATE*** According to Biz Runner, NYRR denies the story. “While we have heard of Mr. Singh and his amazing achievements, there is no truth to the report that any officials from the ING New York City Marathon have offered him money to run in our race. We wish him well in his running and applaud all of his efforts and accomplishments at his age.”