A Chinese man recently went viral on social media after he was photographed smoking cigarettes while running a marathon.



It’s one thing to light up in the comfort of your own home, or on a cigarette break at work, and quite another while running a 42-kilometer marathon. So when photos of a man in his 50’s smoking while taking part in a marathon last week went viral, everyone was curious to know his story.

Unfortunately, not much is known about the man, apart from the fact that he is known as “Uncle Chen” among fellow runners, who also confirmed his habit of smoking while running.

Once the story went viral, photos of Uncle Chen smoking while running the 2018 Guangzhou Marathon also surfaced online, and runners said to have spotted him at events in 2019 as well.

Sotavi Uncle Chen!!