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Do you know who really started the Running Man Challenge ?

Hey sports fans! Welcome to another edition of Fanaticsport. It seems like each year there is a new dance craze that sweeps across the nation, this year the newest dance craze is known as the Running man challenge. I know what you are thinking. Isn’t this a sports blog? What does the latest dance craze have to do with sports? Well, quite a lot actually, let me explain.

What is the “Running Man Challenge”


Some of our more seasoned readers may be thinking of this dance from the late 80’s and 90’s

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This dance is not what we are talking about. We are talking about the Running Man Challenge, which is a little different. Take a look

 

According an interview done by  Ellen DeGeneres,   the Running Man Challenge was created by two high school students named  Kevin Vincent and Jeremiah Hall,  from  Hillside NJ.  They were bored in their High School finance class. They explained that their teacher was talking with the office on the phone and they took the opportunity to “be ourselves and be silly”. One day they uploaded the video on to Instagram and the next day they woke up to find that  it went viral.

 

  What does this have to do with sports??

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This is where two sophomore guards from the University of Maryland basketball team come into play.  According to the interview with Ellen, these two saw the video on Instagram and decided to make one of their own.  They explained that they are “goofballs” and dance in the locker room all the time because “basketball’s such a grind, especially at the college level. So we try to keep our teammates loose in the locker room.”

The video they created  is really what turned the dance into a national phenomenon.  Now sports teams from all over the USA are doing their own version of the Running Man Challenge.  Below, are just a few  videos.  Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me who you think did it the best.

 

University of Hawaii

 

Golden State warriors

 

 

So, what happened to Jeremiah and Kevin?

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While on the Ellen Show, Kevin and Jeremiah not only got the rightful credit for creating the dance, but they also received a $1000 college scholarship from Shutterfly.  So don’t let anyone ever tell you that taking a finance class won’t pay off .

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