What is the #RunningManChallenge? According to Sports Illustrated, it's already on the way out. However, I think it's pretty amazing when something goes viral. It's an incredible feat today in this world where conversations have become hashtags. The ALC challenge was a phenomenon for good. I was hoping the Running Man Challenge had attached itself to a good cause as well. But, it's just something fun and feel good, and that's OK too. What it shows is a community. In a world where so much seems to be falling apart, it's these special moments that show we are a collective and we can use social media for good.
Fitness for the global good challenge?
The Running Man Challenge is the newest social media dance craze that’s been spreading across the country in recent weeks. It’s like the dab, or the nae nae or the Harlem Shake, except it incorporates a dance and a song that have been around for a couple of decades. That’s both a blessing and a curse, though — while the challenge is a beautiful tribute, its simplicity has pushed it past its peak too quickly.
Back in March, Maryland basketball players Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley decided to do the running man to the 1996 Ghost Town DJs joint “My Boo” and post it to Instagram. Now, they didn’t invent the challenge, these two kids did, but they made it mainstream.
They kept posting videos of the dance, and the scenarios in which they did it became stranger and stranger — Nickens and Brantley began hitting the dance out of nowhere, and even performed it in the middle of a busy street.
This inspired many other basketball teams to try the dance, including Villanova, Marquette, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and the NCAA women’s champion UConn Huskies. Then, it hit other college sports as well.The movement picked up an incredible amount of steam heading into the last week of April.
Everything was awesome. Here was a fun dance that everyone knew, coupled with an incredible song from the nineties. It even appeared that Heat rookie Justise Winslow might bring it to the NBA.
As quickly as the movement became cool, though, it became very uncool. We all know that these dance crazes tend to get out of hand once they pick up enough steam, but they never rise and fall in the span of a couple weeks. The dab hit its peak in December, and died out around February.
What instantly hurts the stock of a cool fad among people in their twenties? The local news. Local morning shows landed a big right hand on Monday, when WFAA in Texas had two anchors attempt the challenge. They totally didn’t do the running man, and one hit the dab, for some reason.
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And the theme song is My Boo by The Ghosttown DJ's-
Ghosttown DJ's-My Boo