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World’s Oldest Marathoner to Retire at 101

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- At the age of 101, Fauja Singh is finally hanging up his running shoes.

Singh, an Indian-born Brit, gained international attention when he started running marathons as a spry 89-year-old.  This week, after nearly 13 years, he announced that the Hong Kong Marathon on Feb. 24 will be his final race.

In a distinctive yellow turban and long beard, Singh earned the nickname the “Turban Tornado” for being devilishly fast, at least in his age bracket.  Singh set race records for his age group when he was in his 90s and in 2004 carried the torch for the Athens Olympics.

In 2011, he earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest marathon runner when he competed in the Toronto Marathon at age 100.

Singh credits his success to a healthy lifestyle that includes no smoking or alcohol and a vegetarian rich diet.

While Singh won’t be competing anymore, he doesn’t plan on completely giving up on the sport.  Instead, Singh is planning on a lighter daily routine, just eight to nine miles of running a day.

“I will keep running to inspire the masses,” he told the Times of India.  “Running is my life and I really would not have stopped competing if I had not crossed the age of 100.”

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Atlanta Councilman to Run 100 Miles for Weight-Loss Challenge -- Atlanta Councilman H. Lamar Willis weighed more than 327 pounds a year ago.  He has since managed to lose more than 100 pounds and isn't going to stop there.

To ring in the New Year, Willis, 41, has asked Atlanta residents to join him in his own personal 100-mile challenge.  He hopes to run throughout the city and log 100 miles during 2013, with other residents running alongside him.

"This isn't just about me," Willis told ABC News.  "It's about me partnering with people who do this every day."

The 100-mile number is significant to Willis, celebrating his 100-pound loss.

"I was just going to run 100 miles across the city for myself but then as I shared my idea with friends, they began to offer to sponsor the miles," he said.

The lifelong Atlantan said some people have sponsored him for up to $1,000 a mile.

"It would be great if we could raise $1,000 dollars per mile," said Willis, who's down to about 223 pounds.  "That would be raising $100,000 for a great cause."

The proceeds would likely go to health-related charities in the area, he added.

Willis said he tried to buy a life insurance policy last year but was turned down because of his obesity.  Once reality set in, the councilman said he knew that he needed to begin to take action for the sake of his 13-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.  That's when he took to the streets and started walking, shedding the weight simply by exercising and watching what he eats.

"I didn't go on any fad diet or cut out any of the things I really liked to eat.  I just cut back.  I still eat what I want to eat, just in moderation," Willis said.  "If I cut out too much, I know that I would be back at that point again."

Willis hopes to promote his running challenge by pairing with running clubs, senior groups who go on walks and other organizations to get the community involved.

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Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Walkers and bikers, stay alert when getting some sun in Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville, Fla., for they have just been named some of the most dangerous places for pedestrians in the nation.

A pedestrian is hit by a car or truck every seven minutes, resulting in more than 47,700 deaths and 688,000 injuries between 2000 and 2009, according to a study released by Transportation for America.

"The majority of these deaths share a common thread: they occurred along 'arterial' roadways that were dangerous by design, streets engineered for speeding traffic with little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on bicycles," the group said in its report.

Nationwide, pedestrians account for more than 12 percent of total deaths in traffic accidents, and in 15 of the country's largest cities, fatalities have actually increased as deaths of people inside of the car during an accident have fallen over the same period.

The report by Transportation for America found that roadways in Florida and California -- among other states -- have some of the most dangerous streets, many of which are engineered for speeding traffic. Many of the roads simply don't account for the rising number of people walking to work or walking along busy streets for exercise.

Transportation for America, a non-profit that works for transportation reform, used census data to highlight the cities with the highest risks for pedestrians. It urges states to spend more money to improve on infrastructure and focus more on safety.

The Worst Cities for Pedestrians

  1. Orlando/Kissimmee, Florida
  2. Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida
  3. Jacksonville, Florida
  4. Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Pompano, Florida
  5. Riverside/San Bernardino/Ontario, California
  6. Las Vegas/Paradise, Nevada
  7. Memphis, Tennessee
  8. Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale, Arizona
  9. Houston/Sugar Land/Baytown, Texas
  10. Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington, Texas

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