South Florida Gets Down in Running Man Challenge

After police in New Zealand sparked an international law enforcement dance-off busting a move to the viral #runningmanchallenge, officers and first responders across South Florida are getting in on the craze.

The challenge is simple. Shuffle around while getting down to the 1996 hit song and infectious summertime classic "My Boo" by the Ghost Town DJ's. Then nominate a few others to do the same.

While it looks nothing like the '80s hip-hop version of the dance, this re-imagination of the running man started with two New Jersey teens, then exploded once two University of Maryland basketball players shared a video of themselves getting in on the action.

It's been seen everywhere from professional sports teams to college locker rooms and even our own local sports stars.

...we see you, Miami Heat rookie Justise Winslow.

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More recently, the craze has even caught on to domestic and international law enforcement agencies. Primarily credited to police in New Zealand, a video uploaded to the department's Facebook page May 2 has racked up more than nine million views worldwide.

"We catch people on the run every day, this was a new ‪#‎runningmanchallenge‬ for our team," read a caption on their video, which nominated LAPD and NYPD.

Not one to miss out on the fun, the Miami Beach Police Department joined law enforcement agencies across the country by uploading its own version on May 12.

"We actually had been challenged by a police agency in North Wales and we gladly accepted the challenge," said Ernesto Rodriguez with MBPD.

By midday the following day, Miami Beach Fire Department had accepted the challenge, posting its own video on Facebook.

The City of Miami Police Department also accepted the challenge and posted A video that same afternoon. That video has racked up more than eight million views and more than 100,000 shares and counting.

The Broward Sheriff's Office also got in on the action on May 16, and even threw in a recruiting message.

It was followed soon after by both Key West Police and Miami-Dade Police the very next week.

So now the question is... which one is your favorite?

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