Delhi man Ashis Roy, 81, takes marathon tally to 133

Marathon man refuses to slow down
Washington, Sept 16:  India's grand old marathon man Ashis Roy took his marathon tally to 133 as he ran in the Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia half marathon with his 41-year old daughter.

Roy, 81, who has run 115 full marathons, completed his 18th 13.1 mile run with daughter Amrita, a senior planner at Amtrak, America's railway system, running her very first half marathon with a time of three hours and 25 minutes on Sunday.

Running in hot and humid weather Roy clocked 8 minutes more than in his last half marathon run at Whitby Waterfront race in Ontario, Canada, last month. It was his fourth half-marathon in the US this year. The father daughter duo was among an estimated 22,000 runners from all 50 states and 19 countries participating in the 36th annual event.

The half marathon started at Eakins Oval and weaved through downtown and past Independence Hall before running along the Schuylkill River and finishing in front of the historic Philadelphia Art Museum.

Roy, who switched over to half-marathons after a spinal injury in November 2011, took to running marathons at the age of 52 and by 75 he had completed 82 races. He went on to complete his 100th marathon in January 2010.

Roy, a resident of Delhi's Chittaranjan Park, who ran his 115th marathon in Mumbai in January, is a retired wing commander of the Indian Air Force.


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