via Instagram @mytyke, retrieved 5-23-16
via Instagram @mytyke, retrieved 5-23-16
via Instagram @mytyke, retrieved 5-23-16

Another day, another dance craze has gone viral. Just a few months ago it was the dab and the whip nae nae, but by now your social media feeds have been flooded with the latest craze—the #RunningManChallenge, started by two New Jersey high school students Kevin Vincent and Jeremiah Hall.

#RunningmanChallenge ? @jerrygunnz ? By @malachi_variations IB By @Rah2bandz

A video posted by Kevin Sözé ?? (@11.oo7) on

The challenge took on a life of its own when University of Maryland basketball players Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley uploaded their edition to Instagram, creating a wave of activity for the ’90s hit “My Boo” by Ghost Town DJ’s, which is the song used in the challenge.

Oh yeahh!!! ???? wassup wit it ? @jaybriddle_1 add my snap: jnickkk

A video posted by Jared Nickens (@jnickens_) on


What’s amazing is that after 20 years,  “My Boo” produced by Jermaine Dupri has re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 29 and returns to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 14, topping its original peaks on both charts in 1996.

But the challenge hasn’t been widely received for a couple of reasons:

First, it’s not the original running man as we know it from the 80’s.

Second, the version of the “running man” used in the challenge hails from the New Jersey club scene of the late 90’s and the challenge creators failed to give the proper credit for the dance during their appearance on The Ellen Show. Ellen rewarded the boys with $10,000 for starting the challenge.

Several celebrities to social media users have made their own versions, but some of the best are celebrity mashups. They even have the babies doing it! Check out our top picks of the best #RunningManChallenge.

1.) The Whitney Houston #RunningManChallenge

2.) The Baby #RunningManChallenge

How freaking cute!! #PressPlay #RunningManChallenge

A video posted by SheGossipz? (@shegossipz) on

3.) The Miami PD #RunningManChallenge

#MiamiPD jumped into the #runningmanchallenge

A video posted by Baller Alert (@balleralert) on

4.) The Graduate #RunningManChallenge

5.) Monica Brown’s #RunningManChallenge

6.) The Prince #RunningManChallenge

7.) The Warriors Cheerleaders #RunningManChallenge

@Warriors @warriorscheerleaders #runningmanchallenge #kingmaliksgg #therunningmanchallenge #hitthatbitforthegram #runningman

A video posted by #runningmanchallenge (@runningmanchallenge) on

8.) Ciara’s #RunningManChallenge

Which was your favorite version?

Written By: Nicole Cunningham


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here