) is a South Korean variety show, forming part of SBS's Good Sunday lineup. Running Man was 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 games.
This announcement would include the guests for the day.
After all the guest were introduced, the announcer would immediately announce their first mission.
The format of the show moves away from the "race mission others", to "one continuous race missions" The MCs and guests were locked in a landmark during closed hours and were required to leave before opening hours.
In the first episode, they were divided into two teams and raced to find the codes hidden within the landmark that were required to unlock the main doors.
It has garnered attention as being the comeback program for Yoo Jae-suk, the main MC of the program, after leaving Good Sunday The show has become popular in other parts of Asia, and has gained online popularity among Hallyu fans, having been fansubbed into various languages, such as English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Burmese, Arabic, Russian, and Turkish.
At the end of each episode, the Running Man Balls collected throughout the night were placed into a lottery machine, and the color of the first ball ejected determined the winning team for the evening.The MCs and guests were locked inside a landmark and were required to earn Running Balls for a chance to escape punishment.Through a series of missions, the Running Man members were divided into teams and/or individually earned Running Balls.From episodes 44 to 47, staff (of the landmark location involved in the game) voted for who they believed would be the overall winner of the games and became supporters of that member/team.Teams were decided by the winner of the race mission, who received the first Running Ball, and the two teams then competed for more Running Balls throughout missions spread over two days (two episodes).
The format for the missions was as follows: In these episodes, the members would arrive at the starting venue separately.