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What is Running Man?

Broadcast Date
July 11, 2010 to Present
Jo Hyo-jin, Im Hyung-taek, Kim Ju-hyung

Running Man (Korean: 런닝맨) is a South Korean variety show composed of seven celebrity cast members called the "Running Man Members" and celebrity guests competing in a variety of challenges. It first aired on July 11, 2010 on SBS and is currently the longest-running program on SBS's sunday lineup.

It was originally classified as an "urban action variety", a genre of variety shows in an urban environment. The show has since shifted to a more familiar reality-variety show concept focused on game show games.


The format of the show generally follows as such: guests join the show and either compete with or against the Running Man members in individual or team challenges. There are also times when there are no guests and Running Man members either compete against each other or complete rigorous challenges together. Challenges range from a variety of mini-games, missions, puzzles, battles, physical combat, races, and etc. Members and guests generally compete in several pre-final challenges that gain the winners small advantages that they can use at the final or last challenge. The ultimate winner(s) of the final challenge (an individual or a team) is either given a reward or a free-pass from punishment.

Throughout the show, characters wear a name-tag on their backs that is used as a symbolism of their lives.

Running Man Members

There are seven permanent cast members of the show. They are:

HaHa (Ha Dong-hoon)

Ji Suk-jin

Kang Gary

Kim Jong-kook

Lee Kwang-soo

Song Ji-hyo

Yoo Jae-suk

Popular/Recurring Challenges

Running Man challenges can range from simple puzzles to death defying stunts such as jumping off the tallest bungee-jump in the world. Here are a couple of popular and/or recurring challenges:

Flying Chair

Idol Olympics

Name-tag Elimination


Water Gun Battle

Notable Guests

Jung Yong-hwa


Notable Episodes/Scenes

Notable Rewards

Blue Sapphire Necklace

Golden Cintamani

Golden Turtle

Don't walk, just RUN!