What is the Running Man challenge?

Just like The Ice Bucket Challenge and the Harlem Shake, the Running Man Challenge is the newest craze sweeping the internet. But what, exactly, is it and where did it come from?

Created by two teens from Hillside, New Jersey, the Running Man Challenge started on Instagram around four months ago. The initial video sees Kevin Vincent and Jerry Hall messing around and doing the dance along to “My Boo” by the Ghost Town DJs.

The dance then gained notoriety when Jared Nickens, Damonte Dodd and Jaylen Brantley – players from the Maryland Terps college basketball team – posted their own version of the Running Man challenge. Since then, the impact of their series of videos has seen the 20-year-old Ghost Town DJs’ track reach the top of the iTunes charts.

Since then the move – which bears absolutely no resemblance to MC Hammer’s “running man” – has spread around the world with NBA stars getting involved and even the Metropolitan Police force has given it a go.

Just like with the Ice Bucket Challenge, once a dance is completed another person or group is challenged to record the dance and put it up. However, unlike the Ice Bucket Challenge, there’s no charity behind it so, it’s largely a pointless activity.

How to do the Running Man Challenge:

Want to give the Running Man Challenge a go, but don’t know how?

It’s simple really. Firstly start by listening to “My Boo” by Ghost Town DJs.

Then all you need to do is to get up from your chair, or whatever it was you were doing and start doing a little shimmy. Cross your legs and crouch down a little bit and jog your arms a little like you’re running on the spot.

Honestly, when you watch these videos through, you’ll realise that nobody actually knows what they’re doing, so don’t worry about it too much.

Once you’re done, and you’ve filmed your challenge video, it’s time to pose a challenge to someone else and then sit back and reap the glory – you’ve just taken part in an internet craze. How does that make you feel?

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