Bizarre: Chinese runner completes marathon smoking cigarettes

Picture: Social Media / Weibo

While triathletes – and runners too, of course – are usually very conscious of their health, the same is not true of China’s ‘Uncle Chen’. He recently ran a marathon in China while smoking cigarettes for the entire 42 kilometers.

Chen is 50 years old and also ran surprisingly fast for someone who kept smoking for 42 kilometers: he ran the Xin’anjiang Marathon in a time of 3:28:45. That placed him 574th out of nearly 1,500 participants. Chen previously ran marathons and even ultra runs, always with a cigarette at hand.

In any case, the photos of his latest run are going viral. Logically, reactions are mixed; some find it funny, others think it’s a particularly bad example.