MAN KNOWN AS UNCLE CHEN FINISHES MARATHON WHILE CHAIN SMOKING CIGARETTES
In the United States, there used to be a tv show called, That’s Incredible. The show featured all sorts of things that were essentially unbelievable. The show was way, way before the internet existed, making every story really shocking to viewers. And this story is exactly the kind of story that would have been on That’s Incredible. Because it’s unbelievable, it’s beyond weird, and it’s true! Because a runner in China just did something so incredible and disturbing I still almost can’t believe it. Known as Uncle Chen, he ran the Xin’anjiang Marathon in Jiande, China, while chain-smoking a packet of cigarettes.
WHO WANTS TO RUN BEHIND A CHAIN SMOKER FOR HOURS, AND FINISH AFTER THEM?
Chain smoking is the expression used to describe when a smoker lights a new cigarette off the one they just finished, over and over again. Usually, it meant that someone would do this a few times. Or that they would smoke 3-5 cigarettes this way. Or, it simply meant that someone smoked a lot of cigarettes. Because chain smoking for more than a few cigarettes would be frankly disgusting. But what about doing this for the entirety of a marathon, while you are running? And somehow, you don’t die? And you finish the marathon and place respectably in the middle? Because that’s exactly what the man known as Uncle Chen did.
WHY 50-YEAR-OLD UNCLE CHEN ONLY SMOKES WHILE RUNNING IS STILL A MYSTERY
It seems Uncle Chen has been smoking up the running scene since 2017, when he was first spotted at a running event in Hangzhou city. The running community quickly gave him the nickname, “Smoking Brother.” And he’s been an odd member of the racing community ever since. Local media reports that Uncle Chen the Smoking Brother only smokes when he runs, which is crazy. We still don’t know why. But we do know that smoking is still bad for you! And, Uncle Chen is 50 years old! And he just finished running a marathon, placed 574 out of more than 1,500, while chain smoking!