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Here's Where The #RunningManChallenge REALLY Came From

Give credit where it's due.

Early in May, teenagers Kevin Vincent and Jerry Hall from Hillside, New Jersey, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about the #RunningManChallenge, a dance craze sweeping social media. Most things that appear on Ellen can be considered officially over. It's peaked. Done. Cops and firefighters are challenging eachother. Your mom has a #RunningManChallenge vid. Who cares? It's fun, harmless, and I'm sure your mom looks great doing it. The main issue is how the dance itself is being described.


The dance was seen by college basketball players Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley, who soon started making their own videos of the #RunningManChallenge that were wildly popular.

Who wanna battle?????? @jnickens_

A video posted by Jaylen Brantley (@jaybriddle_1) on

Aha this is dope! @jaybriddle_1 🔥🔥🔥

A photo posted by Jared Nickens (@jnickens_) on


The dance spread from college basketball to other sports, even teams as big as the Dodgers. 

Ring of Honor...Gone Wrong! 🤔🏃🏻

A video posted by Rutgers Football (@rfootball) on


It's reasonable that Vincent and hall want credit for starting the Challenge, but a little weird that they are demanding credit for the dance itself. Fader did an excellent breakdown of why that's pissing a lot of people off.

#RunningmanChallenge 😂 @jerrygunnz 🎥 By @malachi_variations IB By @Rah2bandz

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


They're cute as hell and great at the dance, but even the fact that it's called The Running Man is a big hint that this dance move has been around awhile. 

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