CONTRA COSTA COUNTY – Members of the Danville Police Department, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office along with other agencies participated in the ‘Running Man Challenge’ as part a video posted to the Sheriff’s Office YouTube page Thursday.
The challenge is a viral dance trend in which groups challenge each other to post a video of personnel dancing to the song “My Boo” by Ghost Town DJ (1996). The challenge originated in the NBA and has recently spread to many sports and professions (police departments too). Once a group has completed the Running Man Challenge, the participants typically announce nominations, encouraging more groups to participate.
Common moves performed in the videos are the “running man,” and the “dab.” According to Wikipedia, the dab is “a dance move in which the dancer simultaneously drops the head while raising an arm and the elbow in a gesture that has been noted to resemble sneezing.”
The video posted by the Sheriff’s Office also features officers from the Danville Police Department, including their police canine, Rony.
Many other agencies within Contra Costa County have already participated in the Running Man Challenge. Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood and Martinez Police Departments have all posted videos of their officers participating in the Running Man Challenge.
In videos posted by agencies within the county and around the nation, police departments use the opportunity to include members of the community (students, teachers, coaches and firefighters) in their video. The challenge’s lightheartedness and dancing is why it’s often used as a method of community outreach.