SURREY, B.C. - A 101-year-old runner who jogged five kilometres in 40 minutes says Sunday's Surrey, B.C., event was too short to break a sweat.

Fauja (Faw-jaw) Singh holds the title of world's oldest marathon runner, but the British man with family in B.C. wasn't aiming to set a personal best in the city's inaugural marathon.

The event drew more than 2,000 participants and thousands more cheering spectators, including teens who jostled for the man's autograph and others who hoisted signs that read "Fauja Rocks!"

Singh and four generations of his family ran together, along with Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts.

Publicist Laura Ballance says Singh's goal was to inspire people of all ages and abilities to get outside and get active.

Singh holds the world record for the men's over-90 category after running the Toronto marathon in five hours and 40 minutes in 2003.

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  • Fauja Singh, The World's Oldest Marathon Runner

    Centenarian Sikh runner Fauja Singh poses for pictures after being the first person to officially enter for next year's Edinburgh Marathon on September 1, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Fauja Singh on September 1, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. A world record holder, aged 100, Fajua Singh has run seven marathons, all after his 89th birthday. He officially opened the entry process by signing up for his last ever 26 mile event in Edinburgh.

  • Fauja Singh on September 1, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Fauja Singh on September 1, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • World's oldest marathon runner, 94-year-old Fauja Singh (C) runs at the start of the short version of 6 kilometers International Marathon in Lahore, 30 January 2005.

  • Fauja Singh (C) gestures before the start of a short version of 6 kilometers International Marathon in Lahore, 30 January 2005. Singh, who born in Indian Punjab and now resides in London, has the unique distinction of taking part in record six full marathons in London, besides competing in similar events in other parts of the world.

  • Fauja Singh, 93 and the oldest competing runner in the London Marathon, designs his own shoe at the Adidas stand at the Marathon Exhibition being held at the Excel Centre on April 15, 2004 in London.

  • Ninty three-year-old Fauja Singh (R), the oldest runner in this year's Flora London marathon, recieves an award in recognition of his outstanding running achievements and also marking his 93rd birthday from David Bedford, the Flora London Marathon race director, 01 April 2004, at Marasthon House in London. Fauja has earned thousands of pounds for BLISS, the premature baby charity.

  • Ninty three-year-old Fauja Singh (R), the oldest runner in this year's Flora London marathon, runs over the Millennium Bridge in London with David Bedford, the Flora London Marathon race director, 01 April 2004, after receiving an award in recognition of his outstanding running achievements and also marking his 93rd birthday. Fauja has earned thousands of pounds for BLISS, the premature baby charity.

  • Ninty three-year-old Fauja Singh (R), the oldest runner in this year's Flora London marathon, runs over the Millennium Bridge in London with David Bedford, the Flora London Marathon race director, 01 April 2004.