It’s safe to say a man known simply as “Uncle Chen” brought out the smoke. Or more accurately, he smoked while finishing a marathon — and he’s 50-years old. So maybe the secret is in the cigarettes.
That’s a joke, but you still have to appreciate how the Chinese man finished the 26.2-mile Xin’anjiang Marathon in Jiande, China in 3 hours, and 47 minutes. For much of it, he was indeed sucking on a Satan stick, as relayed by TMZ.
Uncle Chen smokes so much that he can’t bear to go without a nicotine hit — or a few of them, actually — during a race. This isn’t his first go-round accomplishing such a feat, either.
Uncle Chen: A True Legend?
Back in 2018, he ran the Guangzhou Marathon in 3 hours, and 36 minutes. And yes, while smoking.
Then, in 2019, he timed 3 hours, and 32 minutes at the Xiamen Marathon. You guessed it, also while smoking.
Needless to say, pics of Chen running with a cigarette dangling from his mouth went viral on social media, particularly Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter. He was celebrated at the end by event organizers, who shared his finishing certificate.
Of course, not all of the other runners were thrilled to have smoke blowing in their faces, but that likely was only the ones who trailed Uncle Chen.
Clearly, they just couldn’t keep up with his smoke.
Now just imagine if Uncle Chen, a grandfather, switched to a nicotine patch or even some smoke-free Swedish snus. He wouldn’t be nearly as popular but he might increase his time.