Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Running 50 kms a day at age 3

From TOI:

He is yet to step into the shoes of a man but when he puts on his jogging shoes, not many athletes can catch up with him.

With a stamina to run for 10 hours and up to 48 km every day, three-and-a-halfyear-old Budhia Singh has one aim in life, to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records by running 90 km at a stretch.

To achieve his target, the wunderkind follows a tough schedule. He gets up at five in the morning and runs for seven hours.

After taking a siesta, he resumes his run from 4 pm to 7 pm. Budhia has had a tough life. His father died soon after he was born.

His mother, who looks after three of his younger sisters, gave him away to Biranchi Das when she was unable to fend for him.

Das, who was the Orissa Judo Association secretary, said, “Budhia’s mother gave the boy to us last year. Since then he has been living with us.’’

Das says he realised the child’s great stamina when Budhia won a 25-km marathon organised by the CRPF. “I initiated Budhia into athletics when I became aware of his incredible stamina,’’ he said. “I want to see him run the 90 km from Puri to Cuttack.”

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