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6 Inspiring Stories: You’re Never Too Old to Dream

These people prove that we can all definitely get better with age.

By Adrienne Farr
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    Faujah Sing: Marathon Man

    In February 2013, Faujah Sing became the oldest person to run a marathon at age 101, completing a 6.25 kilometer race in Hong Kong in one hour, 32 minutes, and 28 seconds. Astonishingly, Sing only came to racing at age 89 after losing his wife and son, but has since completed eight competitive races.

    Desiline Victor: Voting Legend

    At age 102 and wheelchair bound, Desiline Victor sat in line for several hours waiting to vote at her Florida polling station on Election Day 2012. Her persistence and dedication to exercise her right to vote caught the attention of President Obama, who acknowledged her in his State of the Union address. Victor now has a bill named after her ("Desiline's Free and Fair Democracy Act") which will ease the voting process for everyone.

    Min Bahadur Sherchan: Peace Maker

    Min Bahadur Sherchan is the oldest person to reach the world's highest peak, climbing Mt. Everest at the age of 76. Sherchan scaled the 29,035-foot (8,850-meter) mountain in May 2008 and at age 81, still holds the Guinness World Record for his accomplishment. Says Sherchan, "My main objective for climbing Everest was for world peace. I was determined to either climb the peak or die trying."

    Jiro Ono: Top Chef

    Jiro Ono holds the Guinness World Record for oldest living chef. Many tout Ono, age 87, as the greatest sushi chef ever, and patrons clamber for seats at his Michelin three-star Tokyo restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro where he still works. A festival favorite, the documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" chronicles his life and work.

    Ida Keeling: Record Breaker

    In 2012, 97-year old Ida Keeling set a record for the 100 Meter Sprint at the USA Track and Field Eastern Regional Open Championships. She finished the race at 51.85 seconds, beating the previous record of 59.9 seconds for the 90 and over age category. Keeling took up running at age 67 after several personal tragedies in her life, including the death of her husband and two of her sons.

    Jiroemon Kimura: Last Man Standing

    The oldest verified living person to date is 115-year old Jiroemon Kimura, who holds the Guinness World Record. He is the only living person born before 1900, and will turn 116 on April 19.

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