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Gas-Mask-Wearing Runner Chased By Police

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 5, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 19, 2013 at 8:50 AM UTC
Long Hoang decided to mail a package while running in this strange workout uniform. Photo: CBS

He decided to drop by the post office and mail a package during the run.

Long Hoang decided to mail a package while running in this strange workout uniform. Photo: CBS

Common sense was not on display in San Jose last week. On Tuesday, 29-year-old Long Hoang, a nursing student, decided to don a gas mask and go for a run. According to Hoang, the idea for the mask was to train simulating a run at high altitude–part of Hoang’s new “Crossfit” workout routine. He also donned a 10-pound weight vest.

Seeing a gas-mask runner was odd enough, but the story get’s weirder when Hoang decided to drop by the busiest post office in San Jose and mail a package during his run.

The bomb squad was called, while firefighters and postal inspectors closed down blocks surrounding the post office.

When asked if he thought his routine a bit strange, Houng responded with indifference. “Yeah,” he said. “But when I’m in my little zone, and I’m just running and doing my thing, it wasn’t put into context.”

Houng later turned himself into the authorities, saving the police hours of detective work.

“Totally big misunderstanding, totally unintended on my part,” Hoang said. “I won’t do anything like this ever again.”

For More: CBS San Francisco

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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