India's Roy, 80, runs half marathon
India's grand old marathon man Ashis Roy, who turns 80 June 1, is running again after a gap of over six months, this time by participating in a half marathon in Alexandria.
Roy, who has run a record 113 marathons, completed the half marathon in Alexandria, a Washington suburb in neighbouring Virginia on Sunday with a timing of 3 hrs, 10 mins and 40 secs. He was awarded a finisher’s medal and an age group winner medal.
Roy, who was bedridden for over three months after a major backbone surgery in Delhi last November, had run his last full marathon in the US in August last year.
His 113 marathon tally includes 44 in the US, 12 in Canada, 38 in India and 19 in other countries. Known as the “Marathon Man of India”, Roy is only Indian to find mention in “The Messengers”, a book by Malcolm Andersen of Kingston University, about people who have completed more than 100 marathons.