Before retiring from racing, the world’s oldest runner has made sure to take a big stride for women’s issues.

Fauja Singh, who says he’s “older than 101,” will be hanging up his sneakers later this month, but he wouldn’t do so before raising awareness for the rights and security of women, the Hindu reported. The seasoned racer, also fondly known as “Turbaned Tornado,” partook in the “Mini Marathon” in January organized by Punjanbi paper the Rozana Spokesman.

"I am pained to listen that my daughters, grand daughters and great grand daughters are no longer safe,” Singh, a follower of Sikhism, said at the event, according to the Hindu.

The awareness event coincided with protests that have swept across the country in the wake of the devastating rape that led to the death of a young Indian woman in December. While some protesters are calling for the death penalty for the six men accused in the fatal gang rape, the “Mini Marathon” led by Singh focused on bringing in “non-controversial icons” to open up the conversation to social change, according to the Hindu.

Singh, who first took up running at 89, is now planning for his final two marathons in Australia and then Hong Kong at the end of February, according to the Times of India. But he said he plans to continue to run at least four hours a day to serve as an example for others.

"But 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," he said.

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    LAHORE, PAKISTAN: 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. Singh who was 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. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI (Photo credit should read ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

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