I have just lost a role model in Grandpa Peng, who passed away on Monday at the age of 99.
Grandpa Peng Perngsa was known as the granddaddy of Thai marathons. Hailing from the village of Chombung, Ratchaburi province, Grandpa Peng started jogging at the age of 80, after being inspired by the first-prize trophy for table tennis brought home by his grandson, and the sight of runners speeding past his house during the annual Chombung marathon every year.
I’m pretty sure he must have been in good shape already at the age of 80, coming from a farming background, eating fresh produce from the garden, and not having to inhale bus exhaust fumes every day.
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