Bhaagte raho. Coronavirus can’t stop Chinese man from completing 50 km run. At home.


Can you pull of a 50 km run? If yes, can you do it in your living room? Well, don’t look surprised — it’s been done. Just ask Pan Shancu.

Screengrab: Twitter/CGTN

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chinese man, Pan Shancu, livestreams home marathons
  • Other Chinese have uploaded similar videos
  • News anchor: ‘Wonder how people downstairs felt’

Epidemics may come and go — although the novel coronavirus isn’t going anywhere at the moment — but Pan can run forever. With Tennysonian resolve, a Chinese man recently let thousands watch live as he ran round and round a pair of massage beds at home to cover at least 50 kilometres, according to the state-owned CGTN network.

Lap count? 6,450. Yup.

In fact, a report by AFP says Pan Shancu, a marathon-lover who lives in Hangzhou, claims to have covered even more ground. Sixty-six kilometres, to be precise — far greater than the distance between Connaught Place in Delhi and Noida City Centre. Or between Mumbai’s Nariman Point and Thane.

In an another livestream, Pan Shancu ran for three hours on the spot in his restroom, CGTN said.

“Some people,” the Chinese media group said, have “left him messages saying he’s such an inspiration for conquering dizziness and bearing the humdrum of a lockdown with so much gusto”.

But still, phew.

The new strain of coronavirus, first detected in Wuhan, causes a disease known as Covid-19 and has killed over 1,500 people, almost all of them in China. Hundreds of thousands are under lockdown.

“Others have also livestreamed or posted videos of their unusual ways of training,” a CGTN anchor said during a news broadcast.

“While we commend their efforts, some, however, are wondering how their neighbours downstairs felt.”

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