Chinese Forrest Gump Runs Over 3,100 Miles to Nepal

Xie Zhanjun, China's answer to Forrest Gump! (Screenshot/sports.xout.cn)
Xie Zhanjun, China's answer to Forrest Gump! (Screenshot/sports.xout.cn)

He may not look anything like him, but this farmer from Henan Province has been nicknamed “China’s Forrest Gump,” and just ran from Shanghai to Kathmandu in 91 days.

Xie Zhanjun is 34, and covered about 3,107 miles via Lhasa in Tibet, funding himself with savings from working in a shoe factory, and prize money from marathons. He got support from his boss, colleagues, and other Chinese runners, as well as strangers he met along the way.

Xie did his first marathon in 2007, according to China News Service, and wants to prove wrong the people who think he is mad (rather like Forrest!)

Translated research by Mona.

 

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