Running Man gets Singapore twist

Running Man gets Singapore twist

SINGAPORE - Don't be alarmed if you witness people hunting down and brutally wrestling each other, with the victor ripping a tag off the loser's shirt.

This isn't some extreme sport. Instead, these folks are merely putting their twist on games they've seen in popular South Korean variety show Running Man, where regular hosts and a changing roster of celebrity guests aim to outwit, outplay and outlast each other in a series of wacky tasks.

The tasks in the "urban action variety" show include Food Bingo, crazy dance-offs, and watermelon-eating relay races.

My Paper found at least five groups of people who have used Running Man - which airs on StarHub and mio TV here - as inspiration for their own quirky set of games.

The Running Man theme found its way into a company bonding event at Deloitte Singapore, for instance. Employees at the auditing firm were psyched to find out that The Running Man Challenge was part of their company's inaugural The Deloitte Sports Break 2013.

Within two days of sending out a mailer, the 100 or so spots for the challenge - held at the Marina Bay area - were snapped up.

Miss Ong Liting, the event's organiser and a senior executive in the Clients and Markets Department, said: "We wanted to organise an Amazing Race challenge, but it's no longer in fashion. As many of our colleagues watch Running Man, we decided to organise this challenge instead."

Mr Josh Goh, assistant director of corporate services at human-resource consultancy The GMP Group, said: "It's always good to be have something current to engage employees. Once (they) are interested in the games, half the battle is won and it makes for a more effective team-building programme."

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