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At 96, Oldest Runner NS Dattatreya Takes On New Challenge | Athletics News

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At the age of 96, oldest runner NS Dattatreya is taking on a new challenge

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Age is just a number for 96-year-old NS Dattatreya, who will be participating in the ‘TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2024’ as the oldest runner in the race. Dattatreya is an avid distance runner and had previously participated in this Gold Label race to be held on April 28. After starting his long-distance run in January 2019, the non-agenarian has competed in dozens of marathons and walkathons. “After running my first marathon, I knew this was something I wanted to continue doing. It started with just wanting to stay fit and it quickly turned into a lifestyle,” he said.

“There’s no point in having a lot of money if you can’t enjoy it,” he added, underscoring the need to pay attention to your health and lifestyle.

“The first thing a friend asks you when he meets you is about your health and not about the money you have.” At a time when the virtual world is slowly taking over, Dattatreya believes it is important to engage in some form of physical activity so as not to become a burden on the family.

His day starts at 5:30 am with a little warm-up, followed by about an hour of cycling.

In the evenings, he sits on his treadmill with his son Murali after coming home from work.

“I used to play football when I was much younger. Now I run fast. I have always made sure to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“I believe parents can give their children two things: quality education and prevent them from becoming a burden on their families by taking care of their health through exercise in some form.” Dattatreya has been a part of this event for the past few years and loves it.

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