Man Runs NY Marathon While Puffing on His E-Cigarette Man Runs NY Marathon While Puffing on His E-Cigarette

During the 43rd annual New York Marathon on November 3, more than 50,000 runners crossed the finish line. Among those that finished was criminal defense attorney Jim Oliver. He made quite a scene throughout the race as he puffed his electronic cigarette as he ran.

Oliver works as a partner at the Durflinger Oliver & Associates Law Firm in Tacoma, Washington. He is also the owner of popular Steampunk Vapory Lounge. During the 26.2 mile race, Oliver was spotted vaping and openly discussing his electronic cigarette with any curious observer. Prior to the race, he posted on the Steampunk Vapory Facebook page that he would be “running for the vape”. Midway through the race, he tweeted a photo of himself vaping at the ten-mile marker with a caption that said, “Just started second carto”.

Oliver managed to complete the marathon in around five hours, raising awareness for electronic cigarettes the whole way. His actions made a quite a statement about the overall health impact of vaping. While no one could possibly run a marathon while smoking tobacco cigarettes, Oliver managed to run and finish while using an electronic cig. This showed the public once again that there is a clear and distinct difference between vaping and smoking.

Oliver is one of many vapers that is heavily focused on clean living. He is even inviting other vapers and former smokers to train with him for a 5K race in the Puget Sound area this spring. After running over 30 marathons, he is experienced and prepared to train other runners to complete upcoming races.

Although the NY Marathon was the first time Oliver has used an e-cigarette during a race, the response was overwhelmingly positive. He intends to make it a common habit to vape during his races to continue raising awareness about the benefits of switching to electronic cigarettes.

You can meet Oliver by visiting Tacoma’s Steampunk Vapory Lounge. They offer a wide assortment of e-cigs, e-liquids, and accessories. You can even attend free tasting events to sample various flavors. At Oliver’s Vapory, you can enjoy a bite to eat, sip a cold beer, and vape your favorite e-liquids. Decorated in classical Victorian style, it’s a posh environment where you can mingle with friends and get to know the vaping culture up close and personal.

Congratulations to Jim Oliver for completing the NY Marathon with an e-cigarette in hand! Have you ever considered vaping while doing a sport?


Katie Bercham - CocktailNerd Editor

Katie actually had a negative first experience of electronic cigarettes, picking up a cheap and horrible model from my local mall. Thanks to a chance meeting with co-editor David, she hasn’t had a tobacco cigarette in over 5 years. She brings a strong female voice to the e-cig community.