Running Man

Running Man (Korean: 런닝맨) is a South Korean variety show; a part of SBS‘s Good Sunday lineup, along with Barefooted Friends. It was first aired on July 11, 2010. This show is classified as an “urban action variety”; a never-before-seen new genre of variety shows.The MCs and guests complete missions in a landmark to win the race.[2] It has garnered attention as being the come-back program forYu Jae-suk, the main MC of the program, after leaving Good Sunday’Family Outing in February 2010. Airing at the 5 pm KST time slot for most of its run, Running Man switched to the second part of Good Sunday (which happened May 22 and May 29, 2011 with Kim Yu-na’s Kiss and Cry but was quickly switched back due to low ratings) beginning May 6, 2012, airing after Kim Byung-man’s Law of the Jungle 2 at 6:10 pm and airing against KBS2 Happy Sunday‘s 1 Night 2 Days Season 2 and MBC Sunday Night‘s I Am a Singer 2.

Running Man
Logo of Running Man

Logo of Running Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t walk but run!

Genre Urban action variety, Comedy
Starring Yu Jae-suk
Gary
Ha-ha
Ji Suk-jin
Kim Jong-kook
Lee Kwang-su
Song Ji-hyo
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 141 (as of April 14, 2013)(List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Jo Hyo-jin
Im Hyung-taek
Kim Ju-hyung
Running time 50-95 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel SBS
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run July 11, 2010 – Present
Chronology
Preceded by Family Outing 2
Related shows Good Sunday

Format

Current

As of episode 48, the members and guests take part in a series of missions (see Missions below for details) to become the winner(s) at the end of the race. The format of the show moves away from the “race mission + other missions” format into strictly one long race with continuous missions during the race.

Previous

Episode 1

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.With a total of 5 numbers, after one was found, a game was played to determine which team would start first in the next race, and the losing team received a punishment while the other team was given a head start. After all the numbers were found by either of the teams, they approached the main door and entered the code which they believed was correct. The correct team was allowed to leave the landmark while the losing team was required to complete a punishment inside the landmark.

Episodes 2-5

From the second episode to the fifth episode, both teams competed to find golden pigs filled with money that were hidden within the landmark, and participated in games in attempt to win more money. At the end of each episode, the team with the most money was declared the winner and was allowed to leave the landmark while the losing team received a punishment. The money collected by the teams was donated in the winning team’s honour. Viewers could vote on the official Running Man homepage on who they believed would be the winning team, and a lucky viewer who guessed correctly was allowed to have his/her name included in the donation.

Episodes 6-10

From episodes 6 to 10, a consistent game format was used where both teams competed to obtain the most Running Man Balls(shortened to Running Balls in future episodes). Running Balls were awarded to the team that found a ball, and were also given to individuals who won a game, who received a Running Ball of their team’s colour (blue or red).Each of the games and races were referred to as missions, and were as follows:

  • Mission 1 featured games related to the landmark. Previously, the Photo Zone Game was played at every landmark.
  • Mission 2 was the race mission.
  • Mission 3 was Leisure Time for a Cup of Tea. This mission was discontinued after episode ten due to controversies.
  • Mission 4 was Morning Team Sports. This mission aired in full only in episode six, and only highlights were shown in episode seven due to time constraints.

At the end of each episode, the Running Man Balls collected throughout the night were placed into a lottery machine, and the colour of the first ball ejected determined the winning team for the night. The losing team was required to commute home using public transportation while undertaking an embarrassing punishment.

Episodes 11-25

As of the eleventh episode, the Running Man members and guests were no longer split into two main teams except for during the race mission, with smaller teams or individual game-play being used during the other missions. Everyone individually earned Running Balls throughout the missions and the balls selected during the lottery machine segment represented the individuals who were the winners for the night. The format of missions was also changed:

  • Mission 1 was Challenge 1 vs. X.
  • Mission 2 was Find the Thief. From episode 15 this was changed to different games related to the landmark.
  • Mission 3 was the race mission, Bells Hide and Seek.

As of the eighteenth episode, only those who had earned no Running Balls at all throughout the night were the ones to be punished.

Episodes 26-43

Beginning with the twenty-sixth episode, the race mission, Bells Hide and Seek, was replaced with a Find the Guests mission. 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 divide into teams and/or individually earned Running Balls. The format for the missions in episodes 26 to 43 were:

  • Mission 1 was the race mission, Find the Guests. From episode 39-41, it was Catch the Running Man.
  • Mission 2 featured games related to the landmark.
  • Mission 3 was the One Chance challenge, which was played in episodes 27 to 31.

If there were many members with no Running Balls, they were automatically punished and no lottery was conducted. Additionally, if the members succeeded in the One Chancemission, they were all relieved of the punishment regardless of how many Running Balls each of them possessed.

As of episode 38 and onwards, there were some episodes which included spy/spies. These spies could either be part of the cast, guest, or both.

Episodes 44-47

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:

  • Mission 1 was the race missionFind the Guests.
  • Mission 2 featured missions related to the staff of the landmark.
  • Mission 3 was a second race mission.
  • Mission 4 featured missions related to the landmark.

The team with the most Running Balls was declared the winner and their supporters received a bonus from their boss.

Special Series

Throughout the history of Running Man, special series have progressed with storytelling and movie-like episodes. Many of these series have been praised for their thrill and excitement, and are considered some of the more higher quality episodes of Running Man.

Yu-mes Bond

  • Episodes 38, 91, 140

The Yu-mes Bond series is famous for its protagonist, Yu Jae-suk as Yu-mes Bond, who is known to use a water gun to eliminate his foes to complete the mission. This series features Yu Jae-suk against the other Running Man members, who do not know that Yu Jae-suk is against them. In episode 38, during the Find The Guests mission, there was no guest and Yu Jae-suk was given the mission to secretly eliminate the other members by spraying their name tag with a water gun. This was the first time Yu-mes Bond appeared as a character. A year later, Yu-mes Bond returned for his first anniversary in episode 91, where once again he is against the members. All members are arrested for various crimes they have committed. Yu Jae-suk is given the opportunity of a pardon, where he must re-imprison the rest of the escaped members by spraying their name tags before they escape the building. If he is successful in re-imprisoning the other members, he will be free to leave while the other members continue to serve time. Episode 140 marked the second anniversary of Yu-mes Bond, where he is framed for spreading the “anger virus” and infecting his fellow members. He must find that person who is impersonating him and eliminate them to retrieve the vaccine. At the end of this episode, the words “Yu-mes Bond Never Die” appeared, hinting at future episodes in the series. The later two episodes have been praised for being like a movie instead of a variety show.

Best of the Best Match

  • Episodes 42, 74, 130

The Best of the Best Matches take place once in awhile as the opportunity to decide who the best Running Man is. The first Best of the Best Match took place in episode 42 as a race to complete missions first then eliminate each other, with the last standing member declared as the first generation best Running Man. The second Best of the Best Match took place in episode 74 with a special twist. Each member was granted a superpower, and can use them to aid their efforts to eliminate the other members. Two times in a row, Gary emerged victorious becoming the best Running Man.The third Best of the Best Match took place in episode 130 with a special story, where half of the race takes place in the year 1938 and then in 2013. The members are reincarnated in the process, must find who the final surviving member was in 1938, and who they have been reincarnated as today, to solve the mystery and win the race. Ha-ha became the third generation best Running Man.

Running Man Hunter

  • Episodes 52, 53, 69, 118

The Running Man Hunter series originated from episode 52, where Choi Min-soo was featured as a guest and was to eliminate all the members. He was later betrayed by Yu Jae-suk in episode 53. During that race, Yu Jae-suk agreed to work together with Choi Min-soo to place name tags on the other team’s back first, before turning on each other. However, Yu Jae-suk quickly placed Choi Min-soo’s name tag on his back, eliminating him from the race. Choi Min-soo announced that he will return in a few months for revenge with what he calls, Grasshopper Hunting. He returned in episode 69 as the Running Man Hunter, where the other members are tied up to a chair and confined in rooms in the landmark. Yu Jae-suk is given four name tags and must save the six members then find the way to escape together before Choi Min-soo eliminates him four times. However, the way Choi Min-soo approached this was to great fear for Yu Jae-suk. Choi Min-soo succeeded and Yu Jae-suk proclaimed that the score was 1:1, one for eliminating him in episode 53 and one for being eliminated in episode 69.Choi Min-soo returned a year later in episode 118 to finish off this rivalry with the grasshopper. Again with a scary theme, he eliminates the other six members and provides Yu Jae-suk a chance to face off with him for the final time. The Hunter once again succeeds, marking an end to the Running Man Hunter series.At the end of the episode when Yu Jae-suk complained once again on the way their rivalry ended, Choi Min-soo hinted at a possible return to the Running Man Hunter series in the future.

Secret of Nine Swords

  • Episodes 133, 134, 136

The story surrounding the Asia Race which took place in Macau and Vietnam. The Heavenly Golden Turtle Sword sits at a shrine in Ninh Binh, which grants superpowers to its possessor. However, the greed of man led to the sword being scattered throughout Asia over time, hence the Secret of Nine Swords formed. These nine swords need to be found by completing missions and restore the Heavenly Golden Turtle Sword. The Asia Race and its prequel helped provide viewers with a progressing story which helped to explain the theme of the race, and is considered the first actual progressive story of all series’.

Missions

Missions form the basis of Running Man as members try to avoid punishment or win for prizes. Many missions are taken part in each episode, with the highlight of Running Man being race missions.

List of missions

Race missions

These missions are the main feature of Running Man, which involves racing to complete a mission first or chasing each other to eliminate the other team in a landmark.

Road races/Themed races

These missions are variants of the race missions, which involve travelling through a city and between destinations to complete missions. Later episodes moved away from the “race mission + other missions” format and entire episodes became a race with missions during the race. Some episodes would feature special themes that form the race.

List of road race missions [hide]
  • Best of the Best Match (최강자전) [Episode 42] – A special race mission to find who is the best Running Man. The members need to find the key to their car; find the special guest, Heo Young-saeng; then reach the landmark and eliminate the rest of the members by taking their name tags.[18]
    • Superpowers Best of the Best Match (초능력자 최강자전) [Episode 74] – Similar to the previous Best of the Best Match, a special Christmas episode to find the second generation bestRunning Man. The members are invited to a Christmas party, but must attend in pairs. The members receive presents at the party and “superpowers” are concealed in the envelopes. The superpowers are given in the order of which pairs arrived first, with the solo member receiving the least advantaged superpower. The superpowers are: time controller (can go back one hour once), sixth sense (be notified of its surroundings), duplicator (have four duplicates), mind controller (know what all the other superpowers are, and the first person who eliminates them is “reflected” and eliminated instead), death note (can automatically eliminate one member whenever, wherever), phoenix (have three lives, can only be eliminated by the same member once), space controller (can move all members to a designated location). The members can now take advantage of their superpowers and eliminate the rest of the members by taking their name tags.
    • Reincarnation (환생) [Episode 130] – In the year 1938, seven emissaries must find seven keys to the treasure chest of gold. The emissaries travel to Old Seoul City Hall in search for the keys to the treasure chest. Each emissary is given the location of one key. Specify hints are also given to each emissary in City Hall. Members who are eliminated must give their key to the member who eliminated them, and are held in individual jails. The last surviving emissary will have received all seven keys and open the treasure chest. However, the treasure chest turns out to be empty. Time flies to 2013, the New Seoul City Hall has been built and is connected to the Old City Hall by a bridge. All emissaries have been reincarnated, and that final surviving emissary from 1938 still has all seven keys to the real treasure chest. However, each emissary has been reincarnated as another person. Therefore, they do not know who they were in their previous life. Because each member was held in individual jails, they do not know of the outcome in 1938. The same hints that were given in 1938 are given to the reincarnated member in 2013. Members must find who the final surviving emissary was, and who they have been reincarnated as today, to retrieve the keys which the location is given behind their name tag. However, the location of the real treasure chest is only known by the one person who reincarnated as themself. That emissary was given the opportunity to hide the real treasure chest in 1938. Therefore, that member must be found and eliminated for the location of the real treasure chest to be revealed behind their name tag. Then the member with the keys can proceed to open the treasure chest and win.
  • Traverse Race (횡단 레이스) [Episode 43] – A road race mission from Seoul to Daegu with an Athletics Competition in between. The members need to find the “Girls’ Generation Station” (Seohyeon Station), there they must do 60 sit-ups in one minute together; then find a location related to rice, outlet and a rest area sign (Yeoju Rest Area), the team must buy a canned drink, bring it from the vending machine to the designated area without using their hands, finish the drink, and toss it into a garbage can without missing; then choose their next destination (Wonju or Cheongju) and have a speed quiz with a senior citizen, getting five questions correct in one minute; then find what the landmark is (Daegu Stadium), and find the guests there.
  • Carpool Go To Work Race (카풀 출근 레이스) [Episode 45] – A race mission used at the start of the second day of a race, the same teams are used from the previous day, the team leader must pick up their members without them knowing, and must get to “work” (a location to complete the mission) first. After reaching the location, they retrieve another mission and must buy at least thirty different types of coffee and bring it back to the landmark for the next mission. This mission is worth three Running Balls.
    • Go To Work Check (출근 체크) [Episode 47] – A quick race mission used at the start of the second day of a race, the teams are to be at their seat at the Running Man Office first before the other team.
  • Survival Race (생존 레이스) [Episode 47] – A race mission used during the second day of a race, teams must answer a quiz to earn their “survival time”, which is the allotted time for them to complete the mission, ranging from one hour to five hours. The main mission is to find three out of six authors and receive an autograph from them by completing a mission. The first team to return to the landmark with three autographs without all the members being eliminated (by exceeding their survival time) will win.
  • Actual Fight Chapter (실전편) [Episode 48] – A special episode where the members complete a series of missions to find the Royal Treasure, a 145 year old Book of History. The members complete missions (listed below) to receive items. When they successfully complete a mission, they receive items that may be clues to the final race mission. Once they reach the landmark, they must find the clues hidden in certain items (bags), and complete the mission: find the key to the room, then find the Book of History, stand on the shoe insert and shout “Mansae!” three times.

    • Everyone Answers Correctly Quiz (전원정답 퀴즈) [Episode 48] – Members must correctly answer a list of landmarks in line in three chances. This mission does not involve Running Balls.
    • Mung Ji-hyo’s Facial Recognition (멍지효의 안면인식) [Episode 48] – Song Ji-hyo must correctly identify the remaining members by feeling their face while blindfolded and unable to hear in three chances. This mission does not involve Running Balls.
    • Spin in Elephant Trunks and Have All Members in the Circle (코끼리 코 돌아 전원 원안에 서기) [Episode 48] – Members must spin in “elephant trunks” (holding their arm straight out with the other hand holding the nose and spinning) then all reach a circle within fifteen seconds. This mission does not involve Running Balls.
  • Queen Bee Race (여왕벌 레이스) [Episode 49] – Three teams must find a “queen bee” and become her “bodyguard“. The teams then travel to Ewha Womans University and find and eat three street foods (tteokbokkitoastice cream) while carrying the queen bee. If her feet touches the ground, they must start over. After eating the food, the teams choose a briefcase containing an item for the final mission (water gun). The teams must then travel to Sungshin Women’s University and perform a specific mission for their team: find five woman with hand sizes bigger than Ha-ha; find five woman with faces that Gary can cover with his hand; find five woman with heights that fit right under Kwang-su’s chin. After completing the mission, the teams choose another briefcase (water gun). The teams then travel to Dongduk Women’s University and find a take-out coffee that a female student finished, then shoot the empty cup into a garbage can. After successfully shooting the cup, the teams choose a third briefcase (shield). The teams then return to the landmark (Dream Forest) and the bodyguards must protect their queen bee and elminate the other queen bees by spraying water on her name tag. When a queen bee is eliminated, the entire team is eliminated as well. The team with the last queen bee standing wins.
  • Bangkok Race (방콕 레이스) [Episode 50] – Three teams must perform missions to earn money. The team that finished the race first will keep the money earned. Teams race to find the designated location in Khaosan Road to take part in the first mission. Teams must find foreigners who know k-pop and use body gestures as clues for the foreigners to answer five questions in one minute. For each mission, the team who finishes first will receive 15,000 Thai baht, second 10,000 Thai baht, and third will receive 5,000 Thai baht. Teams then must find the designated location in Tha Chang then race to find and eat three Thai dishes (yam wun sen, khao niao mamuang, kai thot). Then teams must race to find the designated location using a water taxi across Chao Phraya River. They then choose a key that unlocks either a car or a van used to travel to the next mission’s location. However, the team that unlocks a van will have to wait for another team to choose the van key as well in order to begin. The teams then travel to Nichkhun’s house and guess what Nichkhun’s family members are saying as they all say one word of the phrase each at the same time. Finally, teams must find and grab the finish flag to complete the race.

    • Bangkok Breakfast Race (방콕 아침 식사 레이스) [Episode 51] – A member must wake up all of the other members in a designated order to receive breakfast.
    • Sleep and You Will Be Disadvantaged! (잠들면 불이익이!) [Episode 51] – Members must stay awake on the bus that is travelling to the next mission destination. If someone falls asleep, they will be disadvantaged in the next mission by receiving a name tag that is double the size.
    • Find the Culprit (범인을 찾아라) [Episode 51] – Members must find who the culprit is, who’s mission is to find the stolen money bags and bring it to a designated location. If the culprit successfully completes their mission, he/she will receive the money. If a member is able to find the culprit, he/she will receive the money. In order to find out whether someone is the culprit or not, they will have to remove their name tag. The culprit will have the words Culprit (범인) behind their name tag. Therefore, after removing a members name tag, even if they are not the culprit, they are eliminated from the race.
  • Dice Race – Find the Golden Crowns (주사위 레이스 금관을 찾아라) [Episode 52] – Members must travel to the landmark and find the hidden Golden Crowns there. However, the train will stop at five stations and the members must throw a die that will determine whether they will continue riding the train or be eliminated. The members play games to decide the order they will throw the die. If the die lands on Board (탑승), they continue to ride the train until the next stop. If the die lands on Eliminated (탈락), then they must find a way to get to the landmark. The members keep throwing the die in order until a member is eliminated at that station. The members are given a number in the order they are eliminated. Once they reach the landmark, they must find the seven hidden Golden Crowns and not get caught by the guest. The guest must eliminate all the members by taking their name tag in the order they were eliminated earlier. The member that finds the most Golden Crowns and not be eliminated will win.

    • Horrific Dice Race (공포의 주사위 레이스) [Episode 65] – With the same rules as the previous Dice Race, except there are no numbers given. A guest is chosen as the Mission Team and must choose two members, who are unaware of this, to be a part of the team. Once reaching the final station, the Mission Team’s mission is to find the treasure while keeping the name tags of the Chasing Team away from them. The Chasing Team must find and take their name tags before the Mission Team completes their mission to win. To find the treasure, the Mission Team must find and buy a GPS worth ₩1,000, then using the GPS to find and eat salted octopus to reveal the next clue, then find and dig up the key to the treasure, then must find and take Lee Kwang-su’s jacket which conceals the location of the treasure, and finally travel to the landmark to retrieve the treasure.
  • Gyeongju Race (경주 레이스) [Episode 53] – Three teams must perform missions to earn briefcases with the other team members name tags. Teams first travel to the Cheomseongdaeand play the Photo Zone Game. Whichever team member that fits in the small window of the Cheomseongdae will win and may proceed with the next mission. The teams then travel to a restaurant and have ssambap. The ingredients are brought to the table and placed in a certain order. Teams must correctly assemble the ssambap in the order the ingredients were placed. Then teams travel to the Teddy Bear Museum and must find a certain bear (Queen Seon-deok bear; most expensive bear; King Seong-deok bear). After receiving all three briefcases, the teams travel back to the landmark’s (Gyeongju World) waterpark and must then put the name tags they have on the respective members to eliminate them. The last team standing will win.

    • While Big Brother Was Sleeping… (형님이 잠든 사이에…) [Episode 53] – Members need to go to the guest, Choi Min-soo’s room and perform a mission (count one to ten lying beside him; do thirty sit-ups lying beside him; sing and dance to one verse of Girls’ Generation‘s Tell Me Your Wish . Which ever team who wakes Choi Min-soo up will have him part of their team.
  • Protect The Boss (보스를 지켜라) {Episode 54] – Three teams must perform missions to earn hints with who the other teams bosses are. Teams must eliminate the other teams boss. However, if a member that is not the boss has their name tag taken, the member who took the name tag is eliminated. The missions for hints are spread throughout Yeouido and are: Teams must correctly say a tongue twister in relay within twenty seconds; Teams must ride a bicycle around a park and memorize the training outfits’ color in order; Teams must find the briefcase holding the hint on the cruise; Teams must find a female office worker wearing a two piece and throw a die and land on three; Teams must have eight pieces of meat on the grill for five seconds. After performing the missions, the teams must then travel to the tallest building in Yeouido (63 Building) to pick up a call by a certain time. If the team is unable to pick up the call, their boss is revealed. The teams must gather all three bosses name tags and then find the Lavender Banquet Hall.
  • Partners Race (짝꿍 레이스) [Episode 55] – The members and guests find and become partners for this race. One person is left out, and will have chance to get a partner later on. The partners then travel to the first mission venue, the male partner must piggyback the female partner and buy three pencils, then head to the designated location and sharpen the three pencils in fifteen seconds (later changed to twenty seconds, then thirty seconds). If they fail, they must go buy the pencils again. The partners then travel to the next mission venue. At this time, the single member will switch with a male partner who chooses a Eliminated card. The next mission is for teams to order food and finish it, then must dance to make the corresponding price in amount of steps on a pedometer within fifty steps above. The partners then travel to the landmark and play Horrific Partners Hide and Seek.

    • Horrific Partners Hide and Seek (공포의 짝꿍 숨바꼭질) [Episode 55,56,64] – In episode 55, the partners must hide and not be eliminated within an hour to win. They are handcuffed in paper rings and are eliminated if the handcuff is broken (by the seeker, who is the single member). The seeker wears a bell and wins if they eliminate all the partners. In episode 56, the partners must eliminate each other by taking the other partners name tags. In episode 64, it was called Horrific Couples Hide and Seek (공포의 커플 숨바꼭질) with the same rules as episode 55, but the seeker is the first couple who woke up.
    • Scary Partner Race (무서운 짝꿍 레이스) [Episode 56] – As the second day of the Partner Race, the guests have “changed”. The members and guests find and become partners for this race. One person is left out and becomes partners with a staff member for a mission. The partners play the first game to receive an advantage (or disadvantage) for the final mission (Horrific Partners Hide and Seek). The male partner must piggyback the female partner and race across to get a pale of water, carry it on the male partners head, and return first. The first place partners will receive an advantage (a smaller name tag). After the first round, the partner who finish first each round (first two in round three) will be excluded from the next, until one team is left. The losing team will be disadvantaged and will receive a giant name tag. The partners then proceed to play Horrific Partners Hide and Seek.
  • Jeju Race (제주 레이스) [Episode 57] – Three teams must perform missions to win the race using the Running Man currency, Running. During the opening, the members unknowingly play Find the Guests with the guests hiding within the staff members with a time limit of ten minutes. After finding the guests, the guests choose who they want in their team. The teams then receive two hundred Running (fifty more for the members who found the guests) and choose a car; of the three cars, one is low on fuel. The teams then travel to the first mission venue, the members must fit into a tube and find and buy three of the best five vacation items. They may only buy three items at a time and must use Running to purchase the items. Then teams travel to a restaurant, purchase a sea urchin or octopus set, and assemble and eat the food in the order given by a haenyo. The teams then travel to the next mission venue, purchase a type of boat (tubes, raftinflatable boatmotorboat), travel to a yacht to receive a tube, then return to the dock and remove all the air from the tube and put it in a plastic bag in five minutes. Then teams travel to the next mission venue, and choose a method of transportation (train then walk across a bridge, train directly to the venue), and must use their feet to gather at least 900g of dirt. Teams then travel to the final venue, find the finish line and grab the flag to win.

    • Fool the Running Men! (런닝맨을 속여라!) [Episode 58] – As the wake-up mission of the second day of Jeju Race, the guests must fool the Running Man members into saying certain words/phrases or doing certain actions. The members believe they are just coming to eat breakfast. The guests will receive an advantage (70 Running) in the next mission if they succeed before the members finish breakfast.
    • Correctly Guess the Winner! (우승자를 맞혀라!) [Episode 58] – The final mission of the second day of Jeju Race. The Running from the teams the day before are divided among its team members, they now play as individuals. The members bet with all their Running who will win this mission. The mission is to find hidden words and complete a phrase. The words are actually hidden beneath the name tags, and the members must eliminate each other to retrieve those words. The member who wins this mission will receive all the losing members Running, but members who guess the winner correctly will double their Running.
  • Hiphop Race (힙합 레이스) [Episode 59] – Three teams must perform missions to earn briefcases. However, there is a spy in each team that will attempt to sabotage missions by preventing the teams to succeed in their first attempt. The teams travel to the first mission venue, they must untangle a swing, ride down a slide three times, complete three revolutions on a bar, then throw and flip a ddakji, all in fifty seconds. The teams will receive a briefcase in the order they succeed, however briefcase #1 (which contained the “Spy” tag) is excluded if they do not succeed in the first attempt. Briefcase #2 contained name tags, leather gloves, and walkie-talkies. Briefcase #3 contained name tags with tails attached, rubber gloves, andcordless phones. Briefcase #4 contained triple-sized name tags, mittens, and megaphones. The teams travel to a restaurant and choose a word. They must eat octopus when that word appears in a song (I Know by Seo Tai-ji & Boys, Ring Ding Dong by Shinee). The teams then travel to the next mission venue, they must correctly say a tongue twister in relay within thirty seconds. Teams then travel to the landmark (Old Seoul Station) and must eliminate the other teams using what they received from the briefcases. However, it is the spies who need to eliminate all other members.
  • Beijing Race (북경 레이스) [Episode 61] – Three teams must perform missions to earn money. Only the winning team will be able to keep the money earned. Teams travel to the first mission venue (Great Wall of China) and complete various missions. There are eight gateways that teams may need to go through. Beginning at the first gateway, if the team completes the gateway mission, they do not need to continue to the next gateway and may return for the next mission. If they fail the mission, they continue moving to the next gateway, which is also farther along the Great Wall, until they complete a gateway mission. Gateway Mission 1 is Chinese Jegichagi, teams must kick the jegi thirty times. Gateway Mission 2 is Everyone Answer Correctly Quiz, a quiz (about the Thousand Character Classic) that all members must answer correctly. Gateway Mission 3 is Kung Fu Rock Paper Scissors, which is rock-paper-scissors using actions. Gateway Mission 4 is Everyone Completes Race, a race where the first place and third place times must add up to less than twenty-five seconds. The other gateways were not reached. Teams then return to choose a briefcase with money inside. Teams then travel to the next mission venue (Shichahai) and must buy certain Chinese foods (stinky tofusugar sculpturelamb skewertanghuluzha jiang miansuanmeitangscorpion skewercotton candycong you bing). Teams then travel to the final mission venue (Beihai Park) and must pour water into a cup over someone’s head reaching a line, drink the water, then slide the cup across a table past a line but not fall over the table. Finally, teams must use a paddle boat to cross a river and grab the finish flag. The winning team is given the opportunity to double their winnings by choosing a fortune cookie.[40]
    • Half Asleep Word (비몽사몽 한마디) [Episode 62] – As the Wake-Up Mission of the second day in Beijing, members must make the guests say certain words/phrases in thirty minutes. The members who finish first will receive an advantage and the last member will receive a disadvantage in the next mission.
    • Martial Artist Race (무협 레이스) [Episode 62] – While the members are eating breakfast after the Wake-Up Mission, they are told by the Chinese workers to be careful of their money bags. Song Ji-hyo, who secretly entered the country the second day, has stolen the prize money earned from the Beijing Race. The members do not know who stole the money. They must find who the culprit is within them and remove their name tag. In order to find out whether someone is the culprit or not, they will have to remove their name tag. The culprit will have the words Culprit (범인) behind their name tag. Therefore, after removing a members name tag, even if they are not the culprit, they are eliminated from the race. The culprit, with the help of an accomplice (who cannot remove name tags), must eliminate the members. If the culprit can eliminate all the members, they will receive the money.
  • Couples Race (쌍쌍 레이스) [Episode 63] – The members form couples with the female guests. Three teams are formed with two couples each. The teams travel to the first mission venue and must ride a bicycle together, have a picnic and feed each other finishing all the food, then pack up the picnic basket correctly and ride back to the starting point in three minutes. The teams then travel to the next mission venue, each couple shares a certain amount of money (₩150,000/₩100,000/₩50,000) to buy five couple-look items. Then the teams travel to the third mission venue, couples must sing a song and achieve a chosen score, if they fail the other couple of the team will receive the punishment. Finally, teams must travel to the final venue and grab the finish flag.
  • Nationwide Tour Race (전국 순회 레이스) [Episode 66] – As the second day following the Dice Race, three teams must complete the mission to “leave work”. The members who did not find their name tags from the Dice Race were given name tags with only their last name (Mr. Kim, Mr. Lee, Mr. Ga). The teams travel to the first mission venue in Eunhaeng-dong,Daejeon, and must find three citizens who looks similar to a Running Man member (Lee Kwang-su; Gary; Kim Jong-kook) and jump rope thirty times (later reduced to twenty) together. Then teams travel to Sintanjin Rest Area, and must buy dotorimuk noodles while carrying one member, choose one of ten utensils, and eat it without their mouth touching the bowl in one hundred seconds. The teams then travel to Everland, dressed in animal costumes and try to attract the highest number of people, without speaking, to their designated station by a certain time. Finally, teams leave for the final mission venue in the order they placed in the previous mission, and must grab one of two Leave Work flags to win. The losing team is punished with “overtime” by greeting guests on a cruise.

    • Makeup Relay (릴레이 꽃단장) [Episode 66] – As the wake-up mission of the Nationwide Tour Race, members must wake the other members while performing a mission (cleaning parts of the body) within thirty minutes to receive breakfast.
  • Brass Coin Race (엽전 레이스) [Episode 67] – Three teams must perform missions to earn Running Brass Coins. Teams travel to the first mission venue, Sagang Market, and while wearing giant skirt together, must go buy certain items and return to be quizzed on the surroundings of that shop, until they are correct. For each mission, the team who finishes first will receive 15 Running Brass Coins, second 10 coins, and third will receive 5 coins. The teams then travel to Dori Island, and have one member holding “Dori-do~” for as long as possible, while the other two members are handcuffed and must run into five rooms of a deserted building to retrieve five items for cooking instant noodles. The teams then travel to Gungpyeong Village, and buy items for the Water Gun Race using the Running Brass Coins earned, then proceed to eliminating the other teams by wetting their name tag.
  • Double Spy (더블 스파이) [Episode 68] – Two members are designated as spies. Their mission is to force the members to successfully complete the missions (listed below) for acquiring items. If the team fails, a hint will be given about the spies. At the final mission venue, they must eliminate the members by spraying a special ultraviolet solution on their back, which can only be seen through an ultraviolet camera. However, what the members and spies do not know are that there are two guests acting as the real spies. The guests must eliminate all the members, but they can only eliminate them in the order they were sprayed with the ultraviolet solution. Therefore, the spies are not actually eliminating the members and are not actual spies, but unknowingly accessories to the real spies. The members must eliminate the guests by taking their wristbands.

    • Gather Items Race (물품획득 레이스) [Episode 68] – Members must complete missions to earn items (tools for bursting balloons) for the final mission, following a similar format to the Actual Fight Chapter. When travelling between mission venues, they must walk together with arms around each other’s shoulders. After completing the two missions, the members travel to the final mission venue, and must find the balloons filled with hints to the secret (of the guests). However, if they pop the balloons without hints, the number of balloons will increase, with the guests hiding in the crowd bringing the balloons.
      • Human Blue Flag White Flag (인간 청기 백기) [Episode 68] – Members must follow the directions of the PD correctly for ten commands in five chances.
      • Flip the Coin on Stomach on Water (물 위의 배치기) [Episode 68] – Members must choose one member to use their stomach and have the other six members flip a coin on the stomach by hitting it successfully in three chances.
  • Grasshopper Hunting (메뚜기 사냥) [Episode 69] – Choi Min-soo returns for revenge of his elimination by Yu Jae-suk back in Gyeongju Race. The eliminated members from Survival Quiz Race are taken to the landmark (Incheon Culture & Arts Center) and are tied up to a chair and confined in rooms. The last member standing (Yu Jae-suk) arrives at the landmark later and is welcomed by a recording of Choi Min-soo explaining the situation. The landmark is all locked up and there is only one way to escape, a car in a garage. The garage and the car are locked by a combination lock. The four-digit combination is on four of the members. The other two members have a “danger” on them. The first danger gives Yu Jae-suk a grasshopperhat to wear. The second danger sprays Yu Jae-suk with a perfume. Yu Jae-suk has four lives (name tags) and must find the four digits, save the six members, and escape the landmark before Choi Min-soo eliminates him four times. Each time Choi Min-soo eliminates Yu Jae-suk, he wears an extra bell. The confined members are given a mobile phone to communicate with each other. When they are saved by Yu Jae-suk, they wait in the car for him.

    • Survival Quiz Race (서바이벌 퀴즈레이스) [Episode 69] – Similar to the Dice Race, the members travel to venues and must answer quizzes to survive. The first two people who answer incorrectly at each venue are eliminated. The last member standing will receive an advantage for the final mission.
    • Hunter’s Counterattack (헌터의 역습) [Episode 118] – Running Man HunterChoi Min-soo, returns for the final hunting. He oversees everything happen during Partner – I Want To Be Monday Couple Too, and later kidnaps Yu Jae-suk’s VJ (who is used as a decoy at the final venue). At the final venue, Ha-ha is eliminated by Choi Min-soo while searching for the female tent. Later, Ji Suk-jin and Lee Kwang-su are found by Choi Min-soo while they are searching for the mission card. They are forced to eliminate each other, and Lee Kwang-su eliminates Ji Suk-jin and becomes Choi Min-soo’s avatar. Lee Kwang-su is used to speak to the remaining members. Kim Jong-kook is later eliminated by Choi Min-soo during a boxing match between the two. The Running Man Hunter reveals to the eliminated members that the only way the members can win is to find the six pieces of his name tag and put it on his back. He then speaks to the remaining members through a PA system, instructing them to find four boxes with instructions on what to do next. The instructions are to return to base camp and view the projector. Song Ji-hyo is eliminated while searching for the box and Lee Kwang-su is eliminated by a trap set up by Choi Min-soo. At base camp, he reveals that a piece of his name tag is left wherever a member is eliminated, therefore six members need to be eliminated in order to be able to obtain his full name tag. Gary is then eliminated after the video. Choi Min-soo’s goal is to eliminate all members except for Yu Jae-suk, and to face off with him once again since Grasshopper Hunting a year ago.

      • Partner – I Want To Be Monday Couple Too (짝 나도 월요커플 되고 싶다) [Episode 118] – A parody of Partner, the members along with a female guest attempt to form (two) couples while getting to know each other. The members travel to the first mission venue, and the male members must race to grab an umbrella to be able to propose to the female members for a date. After the couples are formed, the members travel to the final mission venue for a barbecue at the camp grounds. Another opportunity for a date is given, the female members choose a number to a designated tent. The male members must choose the tent with the female member, however none of them are successful. Temporary couples are formed and are sent out to find mission cards, and begin to be eliminated by Choi Min-soo.
  • Telephone Race (전화 레이스) [Episode 70] – Four teams must perform missions to receive hints via telephone for the final mission. A guest is designated as a spy, and must find the other unknown spy and complete the final mission. Teams are decided in Gangnam Station of Sin Bundang Line with 1, 1, 2, and 3 members respectively. The teams then travel down Sin Bundang Line and one team gets off at each stop where a guest is added to their team (excluding the first one person team). Teams now have 1, 2, 3, and 4 members. The first mission is to find and answer a mobile phone in Jeongja Station in thirty seconds to receive the first hint. Teams who fail the mission do not receive the hint. The number of teams receiving the hint are also reduced each mission (4/3/2/1). Teams then travel to the next mission venue (Yuldong Park) and must bungee jump to reach the mobile phone for the second hint. The teams then travel to the next mission venue and have a meal. The members are then quizzed on questions relating to the meal or what the members ate. All members must answer correctly within thirty seconds. Finally, teams travel to the landmark (KT Building), with the first team arriving receiving the last hint. The final mission involves no teams and it is the spies versus the remaining members. The members must eliminate the spies. The spies must find each other, find the secret name tag, and bring it along with their name tags to the final venue.[49]
  • Queen Race (왕비 레이스) [Episode 71] – Three teams must perform missions to become earn the most Running Brass Coins. Teams travel to the first mission venue (Gwangjang Market), and must choose five areas and buy a speciality product from each area while carrying the queen. If her feet touches the ground, they must start over. The teams then travel toItaewon, and must find a designated foreigner (later changed to any five foreigners) and swap the speciality product they have for something. Teams then travel to the next mission venue (Geobukseon Ferry), and the items they swapped are weighed. The weight in grams is then exchanged for Running Brass Coins (10g = 1 coin). The coins are then used to gamble and try to earn more by successfully playing games (x2: ping-pong using a daenggi; x4->x6: jegichagi ten times while carrying the queen; x3: drink a “special” mustard tomato juice, then say a tongue twister in relay within forty-five seconds; x5: wearing a eosahwa and eat the dried persimmon attached witin thirty seconds). Teams then travel to the final mission venue (Gyeonghui Palace), with the first team arriving receiving twenty Running Brass Coins and second receiving ten coins, and must eliminate the other teams by taking their name tags, which are worth ten coins each, within ten minutes. At the end, the team with the most Running Brass Coins wins.[50]
  • Hong Kong 24 Hours (홍콩 24시) [Episode 72,73] – Three teams must perform missions to solve the Legend of Nine Dragons. Teams first travel to the first mission venue (Soho), the first part of the mission requires one member of the team rides one of the Central–Mid-levels escalators while one member is piggybacking the other member and give the escalator-riding member a Speed Quiz. They must answer three questions correctly before the escalator ride is over. The second part of this mission requires one member to run up to a bar while two members ride the Central–Mid-levels escalators there. The one member then rolls a die three times (later two) to determine what drinks are added to a “cocktail“. The two members then must drink the cocktail and guess what drinks were used. When teams complete a mission, they have a choice of one of three Dragon Medals with a chain made in gold, silver and bronze. Depending on the choice of the medal, the team travels to the next mission venue (Tsim Sha Tsui ferry terminalVictoria Park). The next mission is the former World Musicmission, teams must listen to Hong Kong movie theme songs and sing it correctly. The teams then travel to the final mission venue, Langham Place, but then change venues toLangham Place Hotel due to overcrowding by fans. At the hotel, the teams must find the secret agent holding the Golden Ball among three hundred fake agents. Teams then travel to the fourth story of Langham Place to learn that only one of the nine medals is real and receive the mission for the next day in Korean for the first team, English for second, and Cantonese for the last team. The game is now played individually. The next morning, a “True” sign is hung on the door of the person with the real medal. The members then check-out and choose an envelope containing different locations. Each member performs different missions to earn the location of the final mission venue (Ha-ha: Find a citizen and sing one verse of K-pop; Jae-suk: Take a picture of the hint in the panda pen; Kwang-su: Take a picture of the hint while riding on the roller coaster; Suk-jin: Find the voice of the correct bird; Jong-kook: Train thedolphin to shake hands, dance, and slide; Ji-hyo: Play rock-paper-scissors with a citizen up a set of stairs; Yong-hwa/Min-jung: Pick three “excellent luck” fortunes; Gary: Compete with Ko Dong-wan FD in giving a rose to a citizen). After completing the mission, the members travel to the final mission venue (Ngong Ping Village) by cable car and hints (Find the white-haired Mr. Chung) are placed on the ground along the route. At the village, the members must find the white-haired Mr. Chung to distinguish whether their medal is real or fake. Hints to the final venue (Wisdom Path) are hidden beneath the name tags and those who eliminate a member will receive their medal as well. The members must find the real medal, bring it to the final venue at the end of Wisdom Path, where a dragon holding the other half of the medal is, and place the medal in the slot to win.
  • Arithmetic Race (산수 레이스) [Episode 75] – Four teams must complete missions to earn numbers to solve for the number 1. The teams first run out to the parking lot of Gimpo Airportand pick two numbers. Teams then travel to the first mission venue (Aiins World, Bucheon), have a “world tour” with the female member riding an “airplane” and the two male members carrying her, and then be tested on their surroundings. After each mission, the teams pick two more numbers. Teams then travel to a Vietnamese/Italian restaurant decorated with sticky notes of comments from fans, and while eating, say what they want a member of the other team to change for the New Year. Those wishes are then written on a sticky note and put on the corresponding person. The teams must then dance to remove all the sticky notes from their body. Teams then travel to SBS Deungchon-dong Open Hall and must find eight symbols of operation during a recording of Challenge! 1000 Songs. Teams are allowed to steal symbols of operation from each other. Finally, teams travel to the final mission venue (Paris Park) and must solve for 1 using the numbers earned and symbols of operation found.

    • Bingo Race (빙고 레이스) [Episode 77] – The members and guests are woken up to the singing of IU, and the order they arrive outside is numbered from 2 to 12. Three teams are formed and must travel to different places to perform missions in order to eat the food and get a bingo on their 3×3 card. Missions for the different foods include: Oyster: Open the clam shell in two minutes; Sashimi: Everyone must answer correctly to a question; Seodae: Set your table exactly the same as the table next door; Crab: Everyone flip both (later one) crab shell(s) on the tray in five chances; Red-bean Congee: Everyone must answer “O” or “X” together to two questions. After getting a bingo, the final mission venue is revealed and the card is changed to a 4×4 card of numbers 1-16. To win, the team must complete a bingo by taking the number from the corresponding members back, thus eliminating them, and finding the four hidden numbers (13-16). Once they have been eliminated, any extra numbers they have will be given to the team that took his/her name tag.
  • Unification Race (천하통일 레이스) [Episode 78] – This race is divided into three “battles”. Two teams (representing Chu and Han) compete to take over the rest of the country. In theSkirmish, the teams compete to find the flag of their country in a pile of hay, then place it in front of the enemy country’s drum and hit it. After each battle, a member will be eliminated from the losing team. The teams travel to the next mission venue for the next battle, Reconnaissance, which involves one on one face-offs between the teams. The first match is a quiz battle; the second match involves lifting a barbell to drink a tin of water; the third match involves the female member needing to raise the heartbeat of a male member of the opposite team; the final match involves throwing and flipping a ddakji. Teams then travel to the final mission venue for the World War, and must find the nine pieces to make the Royal seal and “unify the country”. The two eliminated members arrive to get revenge. They are given a piece of the Royal seal as well as the location of the final venue and a key each, and can choose to help a team win or prevent the teams from finding the pieces and “unifying the country” before the time ends. After finding all nine pieces, the teams need to find the location of the final venue and the key, then the pieces need to be placed at the final venue correctly to win.
  • Sherlock Holmes (셜록홈즈) [Episode 79] – The members are invited to a cruise in Busan. They travel to the cruise ship terminal and require the invitation to board the cruise ship. There, they meet Hao & Chao (from Gag Tonight) and enjoy brunch. The members and guests need to help the captain find a missing Blue Water sapphire by finding green cards. However, members are slowly being eliminated and black cards are left behind, which are hints to who the culprit is. To win, the culprit must eliminate all members/guests or they need to eliminate the culprit and find the Blue Water sapphire.
  • Retro Meeting Race (복고 미팅 레이스) [Episode 80] – The male members form couples with the female member/guests. The female guests (acting as Charlie’s Angels) receive a secret mission to prevent the members from earning hints and eliminating them. One member is an accomplice (Charlie) but is unknown to the guests. The couples then perform missions to earn hints for the final mission. Only the first to third place couples of each mission will receive the hint. Couples travel to the first mission venue and must run bare foot to find hidden questions. The couples must then answer the quiz correctly to continue. Then the couples travel to the next mission venue, and must dance to raise their body temperature by one degree together. The couples then travel to the final mission venue believing they need to eliminate the other couples to win. However, it is the three female guests that need to eliminate all the members, except for Charlie. For the members to win, they only needed to eliminate Charlie, therefore exposing “Charlie’s Angels”.
  • Gary Knows (개리는 알고있다) [Episode 81] – After returning from his trip to Europe, Gary is greeted by the members but is then kidnapped by the “Lol Lol”s (the duplicates fromSuperpowers Best of the Best Match) and his bag is taken away. The members are then given clues of Gary’s adventures in Europe, that are used to find Gary’s bag. Each member has a different clue that is completed, and must use the GPS given to find the remaining hints as well as using Gary’s memory. Finding the hints and solving the clues will reveal the final mission venue. At the final venue, the members must find a key (hidden in Gary’s name tag), and use the one they already have, to open the treasure chest concealing Gary’s bag.
  • Spy Game (스파이 게임) [Episode 82] – Three teams perform missions to win the race. The first mission is Dry Sauna Room 3 Set Race, with the first game being Open-Air BathJegichagi, where the team needs to kick the jegi ten times. The next game is Water Balloon Boxing, where the team must pop thirty water balloons that fall from above in thirty seconds. The final game is Headphone Speed Karaoke Room, where one member wears headphones and must guess what the song the other members are trying to convey, five songs in sixty seconds. After completing this mission, the teams receive name tags in the order they finished, with the first place team receiving regular name tags, second with wings, and third with huge wings. The final mission is Find the Spy, everyone enters individually in a certain order, and all the members are secretly designated as spies. Supposedly, the mission is to find the spy among them and eliminate him/her. The spies must complete three steps of a mission to win, however they do not know the rest of the members are spies as well. The guest, however, received a separate mission earlier to eliminate all the spies. The first step is to find the employees with a “R” sticker on them, receiving a phone. Then they must find the employee wearing a red muffler, receiving the phone battery. Finally, they must find the employee with color paper to charge their phone. Once the phone was charged, they would have been notified of the guest’s mission.
    • Package Race (보따리 레이스) [Episode 83] – A new guest joins the second day of this race. That guest chooses their team, and the other two teams are formed in the order they wake up. The first team is given a (real) package, but then need to give up their package. Teams travel to the first mission venue (a fish market), a member feels what fish is in a styrofoambox and be carried by the other two members in a plastic bucket to buy that fish. After completing each mission, the teams have a choice of three packages, trying to retrieve the real one. Teams travel to the next mission venue (a used bookstore), and must find the book with a Running Man sticker out of 300,000 books. Teams now have a choice of two out of six packages. The teams then travel to the next mission venue (a beach), and must find the Running Balls with the team members names on it in a designated area in the sand. Teams now have a choice of three out of nine packages. The teams travel to the final mission venue, and has one hour to keep/take the real package. The team with the real package at the end of the race wins.
  • Running Man Championships (런닝맨 선수권 대회) [Episode 86] – Three teams compete in athletic events (bowlingbadmintonhigh jumprelay) to gain an advantage in the final race. Teams travel to the first arena in Gwanghwamun for bowling, two members must bowl a strike to move on. The next arena is NH Hanaro Mart in Jongno for badminton, the team that reaches 11 points win. Teams then travel to the next arena in Myeongdong for high jump, with the members jumping a cumulative 4m. Finally, teams travel to the final arena (SBS Broadcasting Center) in Mok-dong for relay. The team that arrives first receives regular name tags, second receives big name tags, and last receives huge name tags. Members are places at designated spots along the “track”, with only the first runner having their name tag and while holding the baton, they must run to the second runner and find their name tag in order for the second runner to continue. The second runner does the same for the third runner. Once all the name tags are found for the team, they may commence to eliminate the other teams. If the person holding the baton is eliminated, the entire team is eliminated.
  • First Love Race (첫사랑 레이스) [Episode 87] – Two teams must perform missions to recover the memory of their first love. Teams travel to the first mission venue to play The Moon That Pierces The Sun, where one member throws three hula hoops into the air while the other three members do a forward roll and go through the falling hula hoop. The first team to complete that mission may travel to the final mission venue in the bus they arrived in and receive a hint of what they need to find (picture diaries). The other team must find their way to the final mission venue. At the final mission venue, the race is now played individually. Each member must find hints to find who the first love couple is. The first love is Han Ga-in, and she must find who her first love is by finding hints before the rest of the members do so, then with her first love, must eliminate the rest of the members and open their time capsule in the final venue. The members need to eliminate the couple to win.
  • Running Man Code (런닝맨 코드) [Episode 88] – Three teams must perform missions to solve the Running Man Code. Teams travel to the first mission venue, and must find a Running Man score in the green tea field, then perform the piece on a piano to solve the code within and release a safe. Teams then travel to the next mission venue (Da Vinci Museum), and must find a Running Man painting for the code to the safe. After all teams find this code, a broadcast will tell everyone that a phone in a certain location is ringing, whoever that picks up the phone will receive a hint telling them to go to another location that will help solve the painting code. Once that code is solved, the safe can be opened, with a cryptex inside. Teams then travel to the third mission venue (Nandre Village), and must find the code to the cryptex from the name tags on villagers (and staff members in disguise). After solving the code and opening the cryptex, a cryptogram is inside. The teams travel to the final mission venue (Shilla Hotel), and must solve the code (which are in two name tags) to open the shrine and complete the Running Man Cord (it was a play on words the whole time, cord and code are the same in Korean (코드). A power cord needed to be plugged in).[63]
    • Running Man in Wonderland (이상한 나라의 런닝맨) [Episode 89] – The teams are told when to wake up depending on the order they completed the previous race. The first place team wakes up at 7AM and the second place team at 7:10AM. The third place team is not notified. The members wake up to a phone call notifying them to find a hint in someone else’s room that will lead them to the “Magic Door to Wonderland”. The mission is played individually. In Wonderland, there is only one key that opens the door back to the real world. The members must find the treasure chest with the key to leave and win. In all the other chests hold other “magical items” that will help or affect the member. The items include: a cake when eaten doubles the size of their name tag; a “pumpkin bicycle” that can be used for ten minutes; red high heels that are used for ten minutes; Jack and the Beanstalk which lets them ride a craneA Fight with the Queen where they play muk-chi-ba with members of Gag Tonight, if they lose, they must where a mitten, and if they win, all the other members name tags become giant and their name tag is shrunk; “Genie’s Lamp” which will summon a “genie” to help the member for an hour; when they catch the rabbit, their name tag is returned to normal. A hint to where the secret door is actually behind all the members name tags when put together.
  • Fishing Race (낚시 레이스) [Episode 90] – The members and guests become partners for this race. The partners need to complete missions to earn fishing equipment and catch the biggest fish to win. The partnets travel to the first mission venue (Goseokjeong Land), and must ride rides to earn a fishing rod. The rides include: Elevated bicycle, where the partner must ride through the course without being caught by the referees; Viking, where the partner rides on a pirate ship and must play a Speed Quiz, getting five correctly within one minute. The partners travel to the next mission venue (Hwakang), and must either ride a canoe or piggyback their partner to get to a platform. There they must play rock-paper-scissors with the referee to pick a bait. If they lose, they must go back and come again. The partners then travel to the next mission venue (Wasu Elementary School), and must eliminate the other partners by taking their fish name tags to earn winter jackets. The partners are wearing paper handcuffs and will be eliminated if it is broken. If a member is eliminated, they still stay with their partner but cannot take name tags. The partners then travel to the final venue, and must catch the biggest fish within one hour.
  • Prison Break (프리즌 브레이크) [Episode 91] – All members are arrested for various crimes they have committed. They are locked in separate prison cells for six hours (sixty for Lee Kwang-su) and must find a way to escape in four hours. First, they must find the code to the lock on their cell door. Then they must find the floor plan of the building to find the way out. If they are caught by guards, they will be sent to the temporary jail. However, a member (Yu Jae-suk) is given the opportunity of a pardon, he must re-imprison the rest of the escaped members by spraying their name tags before they escape the building. The inked name tags will notify guards of that persons location and required arrest. If he is successful in re-imprisoning the other members, he will be free to leave while the other members continue to serve time. If a member escapes the building, he will lose the pardon and must serve the remaining sentence.
  • Jjajangmyeon Race (짜장면 레이스) [Episode 92] – Three teams work at Running Chinese Restaurant and must deliver jjajangmyeon to a customer that has called to order. The teams have to pick the real jjajangmyeon from a choice of three, and will do so for other items after each mission. On the way, the owner calls reminding them to bring wooden chopsticks, which everyone forgot, and they must travel to the first mission venue to earn the chopsticks. Teams stand at a far distance from a metal delivery box that is revealed a few times and must guess what is inside. The teams can dance and are measured by a pedometer, they can then move up by the corresponding number of millimetres. The teams are then called by the owner again and must get pickled radish by travelling to Muui Island. There are fifty bungalows on the beach there, while one member has their face in a tank of water, the other members must hold hands and go through the bungalows looking for two pairs of items. They have until what that member can hold their breath underwater for. Teams are then given a Running Coupon, and must hide it in a team members name tag, and then get the other two from the other teams by eliminating that member. They then must deliver the entire package (jjajangmyeon, wooden chopsticks, pickled radish, three coupons) to the customer.
  • Survival Game (서바이벌 게임) [Episode 93] – Members must vote for the member they want eliminated most. With a total of four rounds, each round, the member with the most votes becomes the target and must be eliminated within thirty minutes. The member who eliminates the target can vote twice in the next round. That target member must survive to advance to the next round, they can take the other members name tags to “freeze” that member for the rest of the round. If they survive, they can vote twice in the next round. Members travel to different venues for each of the other rounds. In the fourth and final round, all remaining members must eliminate each other. There are also five “Angel’s Rooms” hidden in the final venue, the angels give an advantage (second name tag) and a disadvantage (a bell) for the member who finds them. The angels voted for who they wanted to win the race, and can help that member if they find them, and likewise disadvantage the other members who do. The final winner receives the power to select all the partners for the next Partners Race.
    • Wedding Race (웨딩 레이스) [Episode 94] – The winner of the Survival Game decides the couples for this upgraded version of Partners Race. The male members must find their female partner in 100 seconds or she will drink a Flower Tea (used to “change the guests” in Scary Partners Race). The couples travel to the first mission venue for Wedding Preparation Quiz is Good!, where the couples compete to answer wedding-related quizzes for prizes. Once couples win two prizes, they may move on to the next mission venue. There, the Photo Zone Game is played, and the couples must appear in front of a “heart” banner to win. The couples travel to the next mission venue, and must perform a “wedding march” across a bridge to win. With a total of five sections, the next section is played only if the previous section was failed. The first section involves piggybacking the female partner and running to the next point in ten seconds. The second section involves lifting the female member seven times in ten seconds. The third section involves piggybacking the female partner and running to the next point in eleven seconds. They then travel to the final mission venue, and must eliminate the other couples. The couples are wearing connected couple gloves, and must remove it from the other couples to eliminate them. The couple that arrives first receives an advantage, Reflect, which eliminates the couple who eliminates them instead.
  • Mission Impossible (미션 임파서벌) [Episode 95] – Seven secret agents are called to headquarters to receive a mission from Park Ji-sung. They must find the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Running Man to complete the mission and be able to participate in a race with Park Ji-sung. The members travel to the first mission venue (Jegi-dong Herb Market) to find the 8th Running Man in one hour. However, if their identity is exposed (a citizen calls their name, takes a picture, or more than five citizens chase after them), they will be paused for the rest of the mission. After completing each mission, the members receive two briefcases. The members then travel to the next mission venue (Myongji University) and must find the 9th Running Man, who is a member of Sistar, in forty minutes. The members have their legs tied together and every ten minutes can be subdivided in half. The Sistar members are only allowed to walk. The members must take the name tag of the 9th Running Man in Sistar. The members then travel to the next mission venue (Digital Media City Gallery) and must protect Song Ji-hyo from the 10th Running Man, MBLAQ. The Running Man and MBLAQ members receive water guns and must spray each other’s name tags to eliminate them. Song Ji-hyo must get to a designated area and shoot a goal to complete the mission. If Song Ji-hyo is eliminated, the Running Man members lose. Lastly, members travel to the final mission venue (Pantech Building) to meet the 11th Running Man. Each member takes one of the six briefcases received and is separated on different floors of the building. Only one member will meet the 11th Running Man, and must solve the clues in three of the briefcases to find him. A member must retrieve a cell phone, battery, and password in order to find the location of the 11th Running Man, Park Ji-sung.
    • Superpowers Football (초능력 축구) [Episode 96] – Park Ji-sung chooses one member to be a part of his team and they face the Running Man members in a special Superpowers Football match. Everyone except Park Ji-sung receives a superpower as an advantage. The superpowers include: eliminator (able to sit out a player with a red card), air-cutter (able to “fly” through the field), controller of balls (has fake balls that can be used to distract), mover of the goalposts (able to move the goalpost), the one with hands-turned-feet (able to use their hands), summoner of uncle fans (can summon “uncle fans” to protect the player to the goalpost), wind-blower (can activate five giant fans behind the goalpost), time stopper (can stop movement of opponent for 30 seconds). The winning team’s captain will decide the teams for the next race.[71]
    • Prize Money Race (상금 레이스) [Episode 96-97] – Three teams must perform missions to earn prize money (Thai baht) for use in the upcoming race in Thailand (similar to theBangkok Race). Teams travel to the first mission venue (Incheon Complex Fish Market) for “breakfast”. After eating, they are given the mission, they must sell the amount of their meal in seafood. For each mission, the team who finishes first will receive 10,000 Thai baht, second 5,000 Thai baht, and third will receive 2,500 Thai baht. The teams then travel to the next mission venue (University of Incheon, Songdo Campus), and must find three students wearing the same team color shirts. Then they must play tug of war along with the students in a tournament style and must win two of three matches to advance. Each round, the student can be replaced with another one. It was later revealed that Park Ji-sung was chosen as a spy, and can scout one member to help him as a spy as well. However, he must use the prize money earned from the missions and Superpowers Football (500 Thai baht for each goal he scored) to hire that member, who are all priced according to their effectiveness. Together, they must eliminate all the other members. For this final race, there are no teams and the mission is hidden behind a member’s name tag. To find out what the mission is (eliminate the spy), the members must find hints to identify that member with the mission, then eliminate the spies.
    • Survival Mission (서바이벌 미션) [Episode 97] – Park Ji-sung has invited the members to Thailand to participate in the 2012 Asian Dream Cup. However, only two members can play in the match, while the other members will cheer as the audience. The first survival mission is arm wrestling between the VJs of the respective members. The last placing member from each mission is eliminated from the rest of the missions. The members then travel to the next mission venue, and must buy items that were told to them in Thai. The members then travel to the next mission venue, and must find the signed footballs kicked by Park Ji-sung and place it in the goal. The last surviving memembers travel to the final mission venue to compete with Jong Tae-se. The three members have two “lives” (yellow and red card), and Jong Tae-se is to eliminate them. The last two surviving members will participate in the2012 Asian Dream Cup.
  • Zombie Race (좀비 레이스) [Episode 98] – The students of Running High School are on an excursion. They travel to Incheon Free Park and Somuui Island, and must perform missions for a gift certificate. There, the members each encounter female students that give them an item. The members later arrive at the lodge and enjoy recreation time together. They are then instructed to enter the building and search for treasures. Walkie-talkies are later discovered in each of the rooms, and every room has a different nation’s flag placed on top of the plate. Televisions throughout the building continuously play scenes from Jung Jae-hyung & Lee Hyo-ri’s You and I. It is revealed that one member has been turned into a zombie, and must turn the other members into zombies by taking their name tag. The other members that turned into zombies are now a part of the zombie’s team and can help the master zombie, although they cannot eliminate the other members themselves. Via a special news report on television, the members learn that to eliminate the zombies, they must find the special water guns and solution made from six different countries, and spray it on the zombies name tag to eliminate them. The zombies are also afraid of darkness (because they have glow-in-the-darkname tags which identify them as zombies). The water guns and solution are located in the “countries” with which the make of the items they received from the students earlier are. The humans win if the master zombie is eliminated, and the zombies win if all the humans become zombies.
  • Win Land Race (땅따먹기 레이스) [Episode 99] – Three teams must win nine pieces of “land” by completing missions at the nine venues. The team that completes the mission first at the venue will conquer the land, and the team with most land will win. The lands (and its corresponding mission) include: Barbershop: prevent two member’s hair from being combed; Café: have the cat have all four legs on a member’s knees; Traditional Korean restaurant: have the other members guess what one member is eating only through taste; Gallery: Drawing Relay; Supermarket: finish an ice pop and shoot the stick into a garbage); Guest House: correctly answer five multiplication table questions in thirty seconds; Dry cleaner’s: jump rope five times with the king as he puts his hat on. After all lands are conquered, the teams travel to the final mission venue where the kingdoms need to reunify the country. Each piece of land is hidden behind members name tags, therefore, eliminating them will give that kingdom that piece of land. However, there are also two spies that need to eliminate everyone. The kingdom that reunifies the country first will win.
  • War of the Gods (신들의 전쟁) [Episode 100] – The members must compete to become the greatest god. The members travel to the first mission venue (Hangang Park), and compete with FD Ko Dong-wan in a race. Ko Dong-wan rides a four-wheel bicycle, while the members are spread at different checkpoints, and one member must carry a wagon and pick up each member. They must reach the finish line first before Ko Dong-wan does. If they fail the mission, they must vote for two members who will not able to become gods. The members travel to the final mission venue (Mecenatpolis), where the privileged members become gods who each have a weakness, and are given golden name tags. Yu Jae-suk is Poseidon, who is weak to water (have name tag soaked with special solution in pool); Gary is Apollo, who is weak to “marks” (scrub the fake tattoo off him); Song Ji-hyo is Athena, who is weak in the ankle (be attached to shackles); Ha-ha is Eros, who is weak to kisses (put on lipstick and kiss him); Ji Suk-jin is Hermes, who is weak to “duplicates” (take the name tag off his doll in front of him); Kim Hee-sun is Aphrodite, who is weak to “exposure” (have her foot stamped with an “Out” stamp); Kim Jong-kook and Lee Kwang-su lost the privilege to become gods and are simply humans (take their name tags). The gods and humans must fight to become the greatest god/human. Rooms in the landmark have different items that can be used to target the gods weaknesses and eliminate them. Other special items include: Mysterious Bell, where if three gods ring the bell it will “stop time in the human world”, pausing the humans;Pandora’s box, if opened will reveal a gods weakness. Gods can only be eliminated if the item is used to attack their weakness, taking the name tags will have no effect.
  • C.S.I Chasers (C.S.I 추격대) [Episode 101] – Three teams must find the guests. They prizes for today’s race were revealed as solid gold items. However, during Find the Guests, Song Ji-hyo (Real name: Chun Sung-im, C.S.I.) was given a special mission to steal the gold and complete a series of missions to reach a final destination and be rewarded the gold. The other members and guests must catch her using the GPS navigations in their cars while completing a series of missions as well. (In chronological order:) Song Ji-hyo reaches the first venue and must find her contact by introducing herself with her name and the contact will say her real name. After each rendezvous, she receives acrylic plates. She then escapes on a helicopter. The members witness this and must chase after her, reaching the next venue where they must play limbo to reach the crime scene. Two members must enter the crime scene to receive the next location. Song Ji-hyo reaches that location and must find the key to her car, then travel to the next location. The teams travel to the previous location for the next location. Song Ji-hyo arrives at a bus terminal and must find her contact, then escape to the final venue (Korea Institute of Science and Technology). Teams arrive at the bus terminal and must find witnesses using clues given, who will give the location of the final venue. There, Song Ji-hyo must find her next contact, while the members are given pictures of her rendezvouses as clues. She learns that the gold she is carrying is fake, and is actually hidden in the final venue. However, the guests were given the real mission of finding the hidden gold, and in order to discover where that location is, they needed to give a fake mission to Song Ji-hyo, who will lead them there. Therefore, they must find the acrylic plates to reveal the location of the real gold.
    • Kim Soo-hyun vs. Running Man (김수현 vs 런닝맨) [Episode 102] – Following the failure of the previous episode’s guests to steal the real gold, the boss of the criminal team, Kim Soo-hyun, has decided to take matters into his own hands. The Running Man members turn into thiefs who want to steal the seven Golden Turtles, and successfully do so. Kim Soo-hyun sees this and now must steal the Golden Turtles from the members. However, the thief’s chairman, Lee Deok-hwa, reveals to them that only one of the seven Golden Turtles is real, and must reach the final venue to determine which one is the real one. However, if a fake Golden Turtle is placed on the machine, it will explode. Therefore, after each mission, only the first placing member of each mission will have the opportunity to check if their gold is real in advance. Kim Soo-hyun’s existence is unknown to the members, and he will have the opportunity to eliminate the members for the race at the final venue. He must spray a special solution on their name tags during their missions that will disappear after twenty seconds, and those members will be automatically eliminated an hour after arriving at the final venue. The members arrive at the first mission venue (Nanji Camp), and must retrieve the mission cards that are in a piece of ice. Then they must find “Gold Wan” (FD Ko Dong-wan), the member that finds him first will earn the opportunity to check their gold. Everyone travels to the next mission venue (Wondang Market) and gets weighed with Hwan-jin PD first. The members must gain 1 kg by eating in the market. The members then travel to the final mission venue (SBS Tan-hyeon Production Center), and must find gold bars that will reveal the final venue where the real Golden Turtle must be brought to. “Gold Wan” can be found in the venue and can check the Golden Turtles, therefore once the real Golden Turtle is determined, the members and Kim Soo-hyun will need to take it from that member, then find the final venue and bring the real Golden Turtle there.
  • Princess Race (공주님 레이스) [Episode 103] – An upgraded version of Queen Bee Race, three teams must perform missions to not become the last placing team. With a total of three missions, the last placing team of each mission will select a briefcase that contains one of the team member’s name tag. First, the members had to find their princess and become a team with her. Teams travel to the first mission venue in Hongdae, and must carry the princess through the five stages of the Princess Marble Game. Her feet cannot touch the ground. At each stage, the teams eat a dish that will reveal how many “spaces” the team will move on the “game board”. Therefore, the goal is to move to the “finish space” after the fifth stage. Teams then travel to the next mission venue (Hangang Park Mangwon District Swimming Pool), and must each carry the princess across and back a balance beam over a swimming pool in thirty seconds (later thirty-five seconds). Teams then travel to the final venue. A beast is revealed that needs to eliminate all teams. The identity of the beast is hidden in the princesses name tags. The briefcases chosen previously are hidden at the final venue. When found, the beast can take that name tag off and remotely eliminate that member. The first team to eliminate the beast will win.
  • Running Olympics (런닝 올림픽) [Episode 104] – Two teams compete in the 2012 Running Olympics and must perform three missions to receive an advantage in the final mission. The winning team of each mission will ride in the first level of a double-decker bus, which has air conditioning, while the losing team rides on the second level, which is exposed to the outdoors. Teams travel to the first arena in Seorae Island and must relay race to put the name tag on their next team members. Teams then travel to Wangsimni Station and playvolleyball on a trampoline. The team that reaches 15 points first will win. The teams then travel to the final arena and must do hurdles in water. With a total of three rounds, team members must help one member over three hurdles in water, then race back to grab the finish flag. Teams finally travel to the final mission venue for Bells Hide and Seek. However, this version has the Mission Team and Chasing Team swap roles every fifteen minutes until one team is eliminated. The team that won the most missions will have the choice to become either the Mission or Chasing Team first.
    • 2013 Running Olympics (2013 런닝 올림픽) [Episode 129] – Two teams compete in the 2013 Running Olympics and must perform three missions to receive an advantage in the final mission. Teams travel to the first arena (an ice rink), where teams must travel through a course skiing on sleighs in relay. Teams then travel to Incheon Metropolitan City Hall and playhockey on a floor using brooms. Teams travel to the final arena (Songdo Sports Park) and must do “ski jump diving” to try to dive the farthest in the pool cumulatively. Teams finally travel to the final mission venue for Scary Bells Hide and Seek, just like in the 2012 Running Olympics. Roles are switched every ten minutes until one team is eliminated.
  • Vacation Allowance Race (휴가비 레이스) [Episode 105] – Two teams must complete missions and keep more vacation allowances during their MT (membership training). Throughout the race, items (that may help them) can be purchased with the vacation allowance. Teams travel to the first mission venue in Woljeong-ri, and must create human stepping-stones for the female member to cross the water in sixty seconds. Teams then travel to Maze Land, where three members must complete the maze in three minutes, and one member will stand at an observation platform to help guide their team. After three minutes, ₩5,000 will be deducted every ten seconds. Teams then travel to a Jeju Black Pig Restaurant, and order meals for themselves. A wallet will be chosen at random by the restaurant owner, and that member will pay for the entire meal. The draw continues until the entire amount is paid. The teams travel to the final mission venue (Aqua Planet Jeju), and must eliminate the other team. When a member is eliminated, their remaining vacation allowance is transferred to the member who eliminated them. Bonus cards are placed throughout the venue which may (dis)advantage that member’s vacation allowance. Once found, their vacation allowance is multiplied by the number on the card, and the result will be broadcast. An additional name tag can be bought for ₩100,000 only once. Only the surviving members at the end will keep their vacation allowance.
    • Spray The Hidden Guest! (숨어있는 게스트를 쏴라!) [Episode 106] – As the Wake-Up Mission of the second day in Jeju, the members must find a hidden new guest and spray their name tag within ten minutes. The first person to do so will receive a hint for the final mission.
    • Han Ji-min’s Truth Game (한지만의 진실게임) [Episode 106] – The game is now played individually. Each member much hold a fan-signing event at designated locations and give out thirty autographs. However, they must be asked to give them an autograph, and each person can only receive one autograph. During the Han Ji-min’s fan-signing event, a child appears with a message written on a sketchbook, asking her to not turn around and look. A group of men appear, handing her flowers and a love letter from a secret lover. One male member is Han Ji-min’s true love. At the final mission venue, Han Ji-min must find her true love for the two of them to win. All the other members are fake, but nonetheless must convince Han Ji-min to believe he is her true love. After identifying who might be Han Ji-min’s true love, she must take him to the judgement podium. If that member is the true love, they both win. However, if he is a fake lover, only he will win. Hints of who the true love is, is scattered throughout the venue. Han Ji-min only has once chance at the judgement podium. Song Ji-hyo was given a special mission to choose one member to convince Han Ji-min as her true love. If Han Ji-min chooses that member, Song Ji-hyo will win.
  • The Chaser Side Story (추적자 외전) [Episode 107] – As a side story to the drama, The Chaser, the episode begins parodying the drama. Kim Sang-joong is released from prison after his eight-year sentence, and Yu Jae-suk (acting as Baek Hong-suk played by Son Hyun-joo) accidentally “kills” (eliminates) PK Skull (Skull acting as PK Joon played by Lee Yong-woo) then escapes. He receives a mysterious package after. Jang Shin-young meets Kim Sang-joong and they receive a package as well. However, the gold badge that was supposed to be in the package is missing, and a water gun is found instead. It was found that one of the members received the gold badge package instead. Gary (who was injured prior to this recording) is shown to be going in for surgery and is “changed” into Gaeko, who replaced him for the episode. All the members need to be gathered together to begin the mission, which is to find the missing gold badge. The members travel to the first mission venue and must find a black box. Meanwhile, Kim Sang-joong and Jang Shin-young have also arrived at the venue, looking to find the member who has the gold badge. They first kidnap Lee Kwang-su and search him, then take him hostage. The black box contained a phone with the next mission. The members travel to the next mission venue (Songdo Elementary School), and each must rendezvous with a contact to receive a car key. Ji Suk-jin is later kidnapped. The members then travel to the final mission venue (Yonsei University International Campus), and must find the gold badge. The venue is a security area and the members can be imprisoned by guards. The two hostages receive important information from the two. However, only one has the real information while the other has a fake one. The one the members believe will be set free, and the other hostage is eliminated. It was revealed that Yu Jae-suk received the gold badge package, and Ha-ha is a spy. The person who brings the gold badge to the press conference will win.
  • Romantic Comedy Race (로맨틱 코미디 레이스) [Episode 108] – The members participate in the Running Man Special Project DramaDon’t Walk But Date. Three teams must perform missions to film scenes of the drama, and the first team to film the final scene wins. Teams travel to the first film set, and while holding hands, must take a balloon from inside the pool to retrieve a question. The team must say the correct answer together. The first team to complete each mission will have two members receive hints for the final mission, with the second team having one member. Teams then travel to the next film set, and must raise the heart beat of the female lead. The team that raises it the most will win. Teams travel to the final film set, the main characters must eliminate the supporting characters and film the final scene themselves to win. The male lead has seven name tags, and must be eliminated first before the female lead can be eliminated. The supporting characters cannot just take the male lead’s name tags, but must find death scripts and death props, and act out the scene in front of him to be able to take one of the male lead’s name tags. The “two” writers to the script can be found within the venue and can change the script to take one name tag (and eliminate a member). The supporting characters will win if the main characters are eliminated.
  • Four Seasons Off-Season Training Race (천하추동 전지훈련 레이스) [Episode 109-110] – Three teams must perform missions to place first in the missions for each season. At the first training ground (Doori Land), teams participate in the spring season training mission. Teams must jump on a trampoline to reach a microphone to sing a song and score higher than eighty. Another mission is for two members of a team to cross a pool using a water ball and water mat to reach a turning point, memorize a few words and carry another member across, then return and repeat those words. The first team to complete each season will have the choice of increasing the size of one of the other team’s members name tag, or shrink the size of one of their own name tag. Teams travel to the next training ground (Uijeongbu Budae jjigae Street) for the summer season training mission. There, the teams must play alkkagi against each other to earn ingredients for their budae jjigae. Teams then travel to the next training ground (Uijeongbu Indoor Ice Rink) for the winter season training mission. There they playHuman Curling, where members sit in garbage cans and are pushed by their members to reach a certain point. Teams travel to the final training ground for the autumn season training mission. Magic water bottles need to be found and brought to a witch’s house, where it is used to create another item which may be to their advantage or disadvantage. A blue bottle creates a larger name tag; A red bottle causes a designated member to be eliminated if the owner’s name tag is taken. The last team standing will win.
    • On The Spot Floor Game (즉석 방바닥 게임) [Episode 110] – As the wake-up mission to the second day in Pocheon, the original wake-up mission was cancelled due to Typhoon Bolaven. Therefore, the members were asked to propose games they are good at and bet using baduk pieces if they could win. Gary proposed the game Gonggi; Yu Jae-suk proposed the game ddakji; Son Yeon-jae proposed stretching; Lee Kwang-su proposed, who could hold the most amount of water in their mouth; Ha-ha proposed Cola Cider Game, whichever person’s baduk pieces is closest to the line without going over. After playing five games, the member with the most baduk pieces wins.
    • Target Race (타깃 레이스) [Episode 110] – Each member selects a numbered card as they entered the venue in the order they placed in the wake-up mission. A target is designated starting from the number nine, down to one. Once the target is eliminated, the next number down became the designated target. Therefore, all the members must eliminate the target, then the next target, and so on and so forth. If the target eliminates a member, he/she will receive that member’s number, causing the next number in line to become the target (unless the number taken was the next number down). At the jail, a “revive card” is available. The two members who choose that card are brought back into the race as the number zero and four. The last member standing will win.
  • Busan Vacation Diamond Step Race (부산 바캉스 다이아몬드 스텝 레이스) [Episode 111] – Three teams must perform missions as quickly as possible to reach the final venue. Each team rolls a die (after each mission) which will lead them to another venue on a diamond-shaped board. The first venue on the board is a market (Busan International Market), there the team is divided into two and must travel together in a tube to eat a designated food. There is a choice of three with cards underneath and both teams must pick exactly the same card through telepathy. The second venue on the board is an amusement park (Me World), there two members must sing a karaoke song while riding a roller coaster and score ninety or higher. The third venue on the board is a sushi restaurant, where the team just eats. The fourth venue on the board is a baseball field (at Busan Technical High School), where one member must shout “home run” while two members carry one other member and around the field (making a home run). The fifth venue on the board is the 40 Steps, there two members must kick their shoe to a designated step. These final missions can lead to members being eliminated. The sixth venue on the board is a beach resort (Songdo Beach Resort), where they wear a sangmo and try to eat a dried persimmon attached to it in one minute. The seventh venue on the board is a bus, where the team must avoid being eliminated by FD Ko Dong-wan, who is blind-folded, on the bus for three minutes. The venue on the centre of the board (a shortcut) is a village (Munhyeon-dong), there the members must find a mission capsule(the ones found in episode 1) to reveal the final venue. However, residents of the village have water guns and can eliminate the members by spraying them. The team that completes one of these final missions first receives a key as an advantage. At the final venue, teams must find a treasure chest and open it with two keys. Keys received from the prior mission must be hidden in one of the team members name tag. Therefore, each team has one key, and must eliminate the member of another team with the key to receive the second key in order to open the treasure chest.
    • Golden Egg Race (황금알 레이스) [Episode 112] – The members and guests wake up on their second day in Busan. The guests and Ji Suk-jin are swifted away to different places in the village. The members choose a team uniform and are set to find the “older brother” with the same color uniform. Im Ha-ryong has drinken the “flower tea” (from Scary Partners Race) and has “changed” into Taeyeon. For the first mission, teams must guess what song village residents are singing or dancing to, with each couple who answers correctly receiving a “golden egg” and leaving for the final venue first. At the final venue, each team picks two numbered cards upon arrival. The members enter the race according to the number they picked (1 to 12) within five-minute intervals. The waiting members are watching the race happen through CCTVs. The last team standing will win and receive all the golden eggs.
  • Ddakji Race (딱지 레이스) [Episode 113] – The family of Ko Dong-wan gathers for a meeting. Her will is revealed, asking for her family to create a ddakji and defeat her absolute ddakji to receive her inheritance. Three teams must complete missions to create their ddakji. Teams travel to the first mission venue (Seoul Folk Flea Market), and must ride a “box car” to buy designated items within a time limit. After completing each mission, the teams will be given a choice of materials to begin creating their ddakji. Teams then travel to the next mission venue (Kwangjang Market), where the teams compete in traditional Korean wrestling, ssireum. Females have a choice of Lose Wrestling, where the object is to lose instead. Then teams choose which restaurants they want to go to, and complete the mission to be able to change their ddakji. At one restaurant they must eat all the meat presented in thirty seconds with one hand constrained. At the other restaurant, they are not allowed to swallow while meat is cooking in front of them until it is fully cooked. Teams then travel to the next mission venue (a bindaetteok restaurant) for a chance to upgrade their ddakji. There the entire team must flip a coin in a frying pan. Teams then travel to the final venue to defeat the absolute ddakji.
    • The Lord of Ddakji (딱지의 제왕) [Episode 131] – Three teams must perform missions to earn money to purchase the best ddakji. First, each of the members are wanted and each have a bounty (by difficulty) for the elimination of them. Along with the two guests, the person who eliminates a member will receive a certain amount of money. Only the last surviving member will keep their bounty money. Three teams are then formed and proceed to the next mission, where the first and second placing teams who clear quizzes relating to Lunar New Year will earn money. Teams then travel to the next mission venue (Yongyu Seashore) for ssireum on a mud flat. In an all-kill style, the winner will continue to play until they lose (or defeat the team). Females have a choice of Lose Wrestling, where the object is to lose instead. Teams receive money depending on order they place. Teams travel to the final mission venue (Yongyu Train Depot) and must purchase a ddakji to defeat the other teams in a tournament style to become the champion of ddakji.
  • X-Man vs. Running Man (X맨 vs 런닝맨) [Episode 114] – Popular variety show X-Man returns and faces off with the Running Man. One member is chosen as X-Man, who needs to complete a special mission. Two teams must complete missions to be able to switch out the suspecting X-Man from their team. The team without X-Man will win. However, if the X-Mancompletes his/her mission, he/she will win regardless of the results. Teams travel to the first mission venue (Incheon Culture Park), and play “catch the tail” where they must take the name tag off the last member of the other team, eliminating that member from the game, until there are two members left. Teams then travel to a restaurant, and come up with their own games to help find X-ManSpoon Zero Game involves one member calling a number, and if the corresponding number of members raise their spoon, that member wins. Other games played are “hand wrestling”, flipping a pen in their hand the most times, who can stare the longest, and who can move corn from one plate to another with chop sticks faster. Teams then travel to Soraepogu Station and ride a train, on the train, the teams face off in rock-paper-scissors at the next station platform, the losing team member is left at the station. The team that wins the last match at the final station wins, and receives a hint to what X-Man’s mission is. Teams travel to the final mission venue and play jump rope with ten citizens. The goal is to have the most number of people jump in three tries. The winning team of this mission also receives another hint. Teams then travel to the final venue to find out who the X-Man is. The special mission given to the X-Man was to be in the same team as Moon Geun-young at the final venue. Therefore, if X-Man is in the team with Moon Geun-young, X-Man wins. If X-Man is not in the team with Moon Geun-young, the team with Moon Geun-young wins.
    • Bells Race (방울 레이스) [Episode 115] – The members wake up to the performance of new guests on the second day in Incheon. Five teams must complete missions to keep their bell for the final mission. The last placing team of each mission loses their bell and is unable to particpate in the remaining missions. Teams travel to the first mission venue (amudflat in front of the Coast Guard Station) for the Mudflat Photo Zone, where the couple’s faces must appear in a designated area on the platform. The first and second placing team travel by helicopter to the next venue, third and fourth placing team by hovercraft, and the last placing team is eliminated. Dodgeball Quiz is played on the next mission venue (Coast Guard Patrol Ship 3005), where teams must avoid balls thrown by staff members while providing seven answers to a topic. The three finishing teams travel by emergency boat to the next mission venue (Songdo Central Park), and play “chicken fight” against the eliminated teams. If more than one team fails, the shortest surviving team will be eliminated. The eliminated teams form the Defense (Mission) Team for Bells Hide and Seek, with the remaining two teams with bells as the Offense (Chasing) Team. Teams travel to the final venue (Coast Guard Main Station), where the Defense Team must find four bells which contain a Offense Team members name to eliminate them and win.
  • Survival Train Race (서바이벌 기차 레이스) [Episode 116] – The members and guests travel by train to the seventh platform (Suncheon Station) to receive the ability to see the future. The members board the train at Iksan Station and at each of the next seven stations, they will get off the train to play a game on the platform. Similar to Dice Race, the order of which the members will play in is decided on the train, and the first member to fail will be left on the platform as all the other members board the train for the next station. At Samnye Station, Flip the Coin is played, where members must flip a coin by hitting around it. At Jeonju Station, a ball marked “Pass” or “Eliminate” is drawn. At Imsil Station, Cham Cham Cham is played, where one person points in one direction and the other must turn their head in the opposite direction. At Osu Station, multiplication table questions are asked. At Namwon Station, the order is not decided, all members twirl a hula hoop at the same time. At Gokseong Station, the order is not decided, Quick Wit Game is played, where members must stand and accumulatively say numbers. The last to say the number or those who say it at the same time will lose. At Guryegu Station, the order is not decided, Round and Round is played, where members must get into a group of a designated number when called. The four members that were not eliminated receive a future ddakji, which is used at the final venue. All members arrive at the final venue, and must try to find future ddakjis. Two boxes can be found together, one containing the future ddakji and one containing the word “danger”, which when opened triggers a security guard that will attempt to pause that member by taking their name tag. The future ddakji is used to “reverse time”, allowing that member to “see the future” and returning the game to a previous state. However, when a future ddakji is used, there are retributions. Retributions include: a bunch of women creating a flash mob and chasing that member for one minute; all members paused and moved to a new destination; name tags between two members are switched (therefore if the name tag is removed, the owner of the name tag is eliminated, not the one with the name tag). The last surviving member will win.
    • Riddle Race (수수께끼 레이스) [Episode 117] – The members are waken up by two new guests. Three teams must perform missions to collect hints to solve the absolute riddle. The teams travel to the first mission venue (Gwangju Metropolitan City Hall), and the male members must carry the female member by relay through a course within twenty seconds. After completing each mission, teams select one of three envelopes and spin a wheel to decide their next mission venue. One of the next mission venues is a restaurant, where the entire team must answer two questions of an OX quiz correctly to be able to eat. Another mission venue is Mudeung Elementary School, there a student who wrote a letter to the members must be found. Then, the teams must kick (the student may throw) more milk cartons into a milk crate. Another mission venue is Family Land, where the team rides a “disco” amusement ride and must have a pedometer score of less than 300 combined. Another mission venue is a snack bar, there the team must carry five tissues to a basket only by blowing it, in one minute. Another mission venue is U Square, where teams must jump a vaulting box and land farther on the target board and accumulate ten points. Teams then travel to the final venue and must solve the absolute riddle using the hints earned. The answer of the riddle is “rock-paper-scissors“. As the teams entered the final venue, they received an envelope upon entry, allowing four, three, or two members to participate. Now teams must face off in rock-paper-scissors to win.
  • Superpowers Baseball (초능력 야구) [Episode 119] – The members and guests enter the venue and begin the race to eliminate each other. The last man standing will receive a superpower in Superpowers Baseball. After, two teams must perform missions to earn superpowers for the final mission. Teams travel to the first mission venue, and a member of each team play Thigh Wrestling, where one persons thighs are “locking” in the other persons, and the person who lasts the longest wins. The winning team receives two Superpower Cards, which are used in exchange for superpowers later. Then, ddakji is played, and a Superpower Card is earned for every win. Teams travel to the final venue for Superpowers Baseball. LikeSuperpowers Football, each team has specific superpowers that can be used to their advantage. Teams can only choose the amount of superpowers they have in Superpower Cards. The standard rules of baseball apply, but with superpowers that can only be used once per inning, and the pitcher can be switched anytime. Superpowers include: Devilish Pitcher, which causes a distraction of CO2 to the batter, as well as causes the ball to drop in front of home plateBat Transformer, which changes the aluminum bat into a large paddle; Pitcher Lol Lol, which summons two “Lol Lols” (see Superpowers Best of the Best Match) who pitch as well; Choo Shin-soo Controller, which assigns the bat for Choo Shin-soo; Absolute Home Runner, which gives a home run just by swinging the bat; Fence Psychokinesis, which moves the fence of the outfield to the infieldBeanballer, where the batter wears a large outfit which can hit the ball and count; Ryu Hyun-jin Controller, which assigns the ball pitched by Ryu Hyun-jin; Base Psychokinesis, which moves home plate to third baseLol Lol Summoner, which summons “Lol Lols” as defenders. The team with the highest score will win the game.
  • 007 Water Sniper (007 워터 스나이퍼) [Episode 120] – Each of the members have become agents and must complete missions to receive points. Members are given a number from 1 to 7, with the number 1 agent needing to find and place a “R” sticker on their colleagues in order to receive points. The other agents must find the secret code and 007 bag and blow the whistle inside to receive two points. Once a member has been found, they join the search for the remaining agents. Once all the agents are gathered together, M (FD Ko Dong-wan) gives the mission to the agents, revealing that they must fulfill a performance assessment test to earn secret agent status (“00” in front of their number). Three teams now travel to the first mission venue (a carwash), with the team with most points leaving eight minutes earlier, and must get into a car while avoiding being sprayed by a hose, then use a water gun to knock over four cans in thirty seconds. Teams then travel to the next mission venue (Bundang Family Sports Center), and read a tongue twister in relay while sitting on a “flying chair” in fifteen seconds. If they fail, they are ejected into the pool behind them. Teams then travel to the next mission venue (a café), and the entire team must pass through a round object (tennis racket,wire hangerscoop net) with their body in fifteen seconds. Teams then travel to the final mission venue (Poeun Art Hall), and must find working water guns in the building and use it to spray the name tags of other teams and eliminate them. The last team standing will win and receive an advantage for the mission next day.
    • 007 Internal Enemy (007 내부의 적) [Episode 121] – Each agent receives their code name (001-007) and the mission for the second day. The agents are to acquire intelligence to prevent a gold safe explosion at the SBS Prism Tower. Agent 007 receives special information from M that there is an enemy within the agents. He must find and eliminate that enemy. The internal enemy works for the villain, who are both the worst performing agents from the previous day, and did not receive special agent (00X) status. Their mission is to eliminate the agents and prevent the safe explosion themselves. The agents have five locations to acquire intelligence from. However, each location only has a limited number of intelligence to be given. One location is in Sangam-dong, where the agent must walk down the street to receive the intelligence, with flash mobs appearing throughout the street to prevent them from moving forward. At Mangwon-dong Market, the agent must rendezvous with seven informants. At the Chinese restaurant, the agent faces off with an informant in Concentration. At some stairs in Hongdae, intelligence is somewhere in the area, hidden on dogs. At the Chueotang restaurant, the agent must retrieve the real keys to the car with intelligence from inside a tank of Chinese muddy loach. The agents arrive at the SBS Prism Tower, and must use the intelligence acquired to find the hints to prevent the explosion within four hours. Meanwhile, the villains must eliminate all agents, then prevent the safe explosion as well. To prevent the safe explosion, a password is required to enter the vault, which is hidden inUSB keys throughout the building. Then, the USB key hidden in agent 007’s shoe is needed to stop the bomb. The agent who eliminates the villains and successfully prevents the safe explosion will win.
  • Time Machine Marble Race (타임머신 구슬 레이스) [Episode 122] – Two teams travel back in time and must perform missions to earn marbles. Teams travel to the first mission venue in 1982 for long-running program Bright Sports Day (명랑운동회), where partners must run through an obstacle course in relay while wearing a fatsuit. The winning team can choose three of five marble boxes, with the other team receiving the remaining two. Each box has different size marbles. Teams then travel to the next mission venue in 1998 at an arcade, where teams face off in punch game to receive the higher score. Teams then travel to the next mission venue in 2002 for Metal Tray Karaoke Room, where each team must successfully complete a song in ten tries. The winning team chooses five of eight marble boxes, with the other team receiving the remaining three. Teams then travel to the final mission venue in 2012, and using the marbles collected, try to toss more marbles into a circle to win.[101]
  • Making Kimchi For The Winter Race (김장 레이스) [Episode 123] – Three teams must obtain ingredients to make the best tasting kimchi. At the first mission venue (a farm), teams spin in elephant trunks then must run over stacks of hay in relay, making sure the hay is intact afterwards, then pull white radish out from the ground. The first placing team receives a food processor and knife set, second receives a vegetable shredder and knives, and third receives just knives. Teams travel to the next mission venue (a salon), one member of each team gets a perm while the other two members must complete a mission in three minutes. The first placing team receives an internet chance, and second receives a telephone chance for recipes. Teams then travel to the next mission venue (a folk village), there teams must find (and steal) ten model Chinese cabbages (from each other) and place it in their home base. The first placing team receives shalled oysters and crushed garlic, second receives shelled oysters and peeled garlic, and third receives shelled oysters and unpeeled garlic. Teams then finally proceed to make the best kimchi in one hour. The members taste each other’s kimchi unknowingly and vote for the best kimchi to win.
    • Choice Race (선택 레이스) [Episode 124] – As the second day in Jeonju, members must complete missions to make choices. The first part involves four choices between two Jeonju dishes. Successful completion of each mission will award the member with that dish as well as a stroke in the word “king” (王). The first member to receive all four strokes to form the word “king” and reach the final venue will become the king. There are no teams, members travel to their venue of choice individually. For Round 1: Jeonju Bibimbap vs. Kongnamul gukbap, those who choose bibimbap must jump from a pile of pillows to a pile of blankets without falling over; those who choose gukbap is covered in a blanket and must jump over pillows without the pillows falling over. For Round 2: Jeonju Baekban vs. Jeonju Hanjeongsik, those who choose baekban must eat different side dishes quickly in a designated order; those who choose hanjeongsik will have a choice of different dishes, and must act like they have not eaten a spicy dish if chosen. For Round 3: Maesaengi galbitang vs. Omogaritang, those who choose maesaengi galbitang will have to chop three firewood in succession (one for women); those who choose omogaritang must break through twelveroof tiles (eight for women). For Round 4: Jeonju Kalguksu vs. Patkalguksu, those who choose kalguksu randomly chooses one of ten plants, and must blow it across a line; those who choose patkalguksu randomly chooses one of ten grains or seeds, and must move twenty of them from one plate to another using chopsticks while saying “ssukdaemeori~” in one breath. All members then travel to the final mission venue, with the first arriving member becoming the king, who is invincible (cannot be eliminated). Only the king can eliminate others. However, the king must return to his palace every ten minutes to complete his duties. The other members are regular citizens and must find ballots in the venue, then use them to vote for a new king (a parody of Gwanghae and the 2012 presidential election). When a member receives a majority, the race is paused and the king is changed. The last standing member will win.
  • Snowball Fight Race (눈싸움 레이스) [Episode 125] – Three teams must perform missions to earn snowballs and win the snowball fight. The first mission involves two members acting as Santa Claus and Rudolph, sliding down a hill on snow tubes then put stockings on Santa and grab the finish flag first to win in tournament style. The winning team for each mission receives four snowballs, and the second placing team receives two snowballs. Teams move to the next mission venue (an indoor pool) and play a game similar to Band Together to Live, where the members must stand on a balance beam in water, then each member must move from one end of the balance beam to the other end with all the members standing on it in one minute. Teams then move to the next mission venue (a restaurant), and choose a number for a seat for 31 Game. Starting from the person in seat one, one of ten dishes is chosen, and that person must eat at least one portion and can have up to five portions of it, then pass it to the next person, and so on and so forth. The person who eats the thirty-first portion is eliminated from the game. The next round begins with the person after the eliminated member, with another dish chosen. For a special round, I Came Alone is played instead. The game ends when one team is eliminated. Teams then proceed to the final mission, Snowball Fight. Each member puts on a Velcro loops jockey vest; the snowballs are made of Velcro hooks. Members who are hit by a snowball (the snowball must stick to the Velcro vest) are eliminated. Snowballs that have been thrown can be used by others. The last standing team will win.
  • Star Wars (별들의 전쟁) [Episode 126] – The members and guest must perform missions to earn seven stars to win. The guest, Choi Ji-woo, is designated as a spy and must eliminate all Running Man members. She also has an accomplice within the members (Ha-ha), but must find out who that is during the final mission by earning stars. However, the members know of this and must pretend to not know of her spy mission, and prevent her from earning stars (similar to previous Challenge 1 vs. X missions). Members travel to the first mission venue (a beach), and must go through a set of tires, perform two forward rolls on a balance beam, then pass through a scoop net. The winner of each mission receives a star. Members travel to the next mission venue (Gamcheon Culture Village), and must answer quizzes based on Choi Ji-woo. The first correct answer earns seven Running Balls, and decreases by one each question. After seven questions, the lottery takes place and the member chosen receives a star. Members travel to the final mission venue (Busan-Gyeongnam Horse Racing Park), and must find and earn stars hidden in the building. The members must earn a star by performing a mission, then be eliminated by Choi Ji-woo, thus successfully fooling her. If she eliminates a member without a star, the Fool Choi Ji-woo mission will be revealed, and Choi Ji-woo will win.
    • Zodiac Race (십이간지 레이스) [Episode 127] – As the second day in Busan, the male members choose a female member to serve as queen. New guests fill in the remaining spaces. Two teams must perform missions to earn hints as to who the “snake” is. The twelves members each pick a card from the zodiac, however they do not know which card they chose. As 2013 is the Year of the Snake, the member who chooses the snake plays an important role. Teams travel to the first mission venue (Wahyeon Beach), and must piggyback the queen of the other team to a turning point and back in relay. The winning team of each mission receives a hint to who chose the snake card. Teams travel to the next mission venue (Kujora Village), there they must designate one member from each team as the “Yogourt Queen” and dress like a yogourt ajumma (a lady who sells yogourt). Throughout the village, there are citizens dressed like yogourt ajummas as well (like former Find the Guests missions). Each team must find the Yogourt Queen of the other team and take her hat off, but must first finish a yogourt and toss the bottle into a garbage can. Teams travel to the next mission venue (Dongbu Elementary School, Yulpo Annex), and play Queen Dodgeball, where the queen of the other team must be hit by the ball to win, best of three rounds. The last surviving male member is invicible and must protect the queen. Teams travel to the final mission venue (Jangsado Sea Park), and teams have one hour to find and eliminate the snake if in the other team, or protect the snake if in their team. If the snake is eliminated within the hour, the team without the snake will win. If the snake is not eliminated within the hour, the team with the snake will win.
  • Protect the Bonus Race (보너스를 사수 레이스) [Episode 128] – At the kick-off meeting for the new year, the SBS Director of Entertainment Programming distributes a bonus of one millionwon to each team. Three teams must perform missions to protect their bonus money. Teams travel to the first mission venue (a filling station), and in a matrix style must collect water in a pan attached to their waist and move enough into a container in forty seconds. The losing team will have to pay for the gas for all teams. Teams travel to the next mission venue (a health club), teams must do exercises in order to reach a microphone and sing to reach a score of at least 90. The losing team will have to pay for lunch for all teams and staff. Teams travel to the final mission venue (SBS Broadcasting Center) and play a form of musical chairs. There are chairs throughout the building, some with the director’s seal on it. In the first round, members have thirty minutes to find one of six chairs and sit on it. Those who are not seated on a chair after thirty minutes will be eliminated. For the second round, the remaining members have twenty minutes to find one of three chairs. For the third round, the remaining members have ten minutes to find the one last chair to win. Finally, the winning team(s) play the lottery to see how much of their bonus money can be multiplied by.
  • Life and Death Gather Briefcase Race (사생결단 가방 획득 레이스) [Episode 132] – Two teams must perform missions to earn hints to where the seven briefcases are hidden at the final venue. Two spies are designated in each team, who belong to the opposing team, and are only known by the team leader. The spy needs to help their team (which is the team they are not in) win, and if their team does win, the spy wins as well. Teams travel to the first mission venue (Hongdae area), there four members of each team are placed throughout the area, and one member must find where their members are in order while riding a ladder together to reach a finish line. Then, the first team to move a bean using chopsticks back and forth in relay will win. The winning team of each mission receives two hints to where the briefcases are hidden at the final venue. Teams travel to the next mission venue (a Chinese restaurant) to play Find the Thief, where the opposing team must guess who has the “Jjajangmyeon” card. A third mission, Human Blue Flag White Flag, is played but not aired. Teams then travel to the final mission venue (Asiana Town), where teams must find the seven briefcases and give it to the boss to win. The spies need to help bring the briefcases to their real team leader.
  • Asia Race (아시아 레이스) [Episode 133-134] – The members travel to Macau for a special Asia Race to solve the Secret of Nine Swords. These nine swords were mysteriously scattered throughout Asia and must be found. Three teams are formed on the plane and they must rendezvous with a special agent at Macau International Airport to receive a briefcase. Teams then travel to Fisherman’s Wharf to find the person with the key to the briefcase. The two guests hold the key and are hiding in the area. The guest will join the team who found them. The first team to find FD Ko Dong-wan while carrying the guest will receive a sword. Teams then travel to Macau Tower where team members each pick one of three menu items (Sky Jump, Sky Walk, Mast Climb) to see characters, and the first team to form a three character word will receive a sword. Teams then travel to Senado Square where each team must find seven foreigners who: can speak Korean; are taller than Ha-ha; wear glasses. Then they play three-way tug of war with the foreigners, where the person at the end of each team must reach and hit a bell, and win two of three matches to receive a sword. Teams then travel to their hotel and must find the “R” flag to receive a sword. Teams then choose one of three foreigners who will deliver the next mission in either Korean, Chinese, or English. The next morning, teams travel to Hanoi for day two of Asia Race. The first team to arrive at the airport will receive a sword. On the plane to Hanoi, teams are told to hidden swords in their individual suitcases, then bet to switch members for someone who may have swords. At Hanoi, teams must travel to Hoan Kiem for a water puppetry performance revealing the Legend of the Golden Sword. Teams then travel to Ta Hien Street and must travel down the street to seven stations and playrock-paper-scissors with local residents. Each team starts with carrying twenty fruits, and the entire team must win at that station to drop off a betted amount of fruits. If they lose, they will receive that number of fruits instead. The first team to carry zero fruits will receive a sword. Then a member of each team travels to one of three mission venues in West Lake. At one restaurant, 31 Game from Snowball Fight Race is played. Members choose one of four seats. Starting from the person in seat one, that person must eat at least one portion and can have up to ten portions of a dish, then pass it to the next person, and so on and so forth. The remaining seat is taken by the chef, who may have as many portions as he desires. The person who eats the thirty-first portion is eliminated from the game. The last member standing will win. At another restaurant, the members must guess what Korean song a local resident is singing. The first person to guess two songs will win. At a third restaurant, hide-and-seek is played with one member blindfolded who needs to catch the other two within the restaurant. The person who used the least amount of time will win. The winner of each mission receives a sword. With all nine swords retrieved, teams travel to the final mission venue (Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower) and must eliminate the other teams. The number of swords each team has will determine how many members can participate (each sword = one name tag, therefore teams with more than three swords have extra lives). There are shields that can be found, which can be used to eliminate the person who takes their name tag or revive an eliminated team member. The last standing team will win and solve the Secret of Nine Swords.
    • Secret of Nine Swords Prequel (아홉검의 비밀 외전) [Episode 136] – As the third day in Vietnam, this episode is the prequel to the Secret of Nine Swords. The members travel by helicopter to Trang An, Ninh Binh. There, the Heavenly Golden Turtle Sword sits at a shrine, which grants superpowers to its possessor. All members then travel through a portal at the shrine to Hoa Lu. The superpower of the sword changes with each possessor. The golden sword is given to the member who eliminates the controller. Superpowers include:Pause, can freeze a member; Hand of Death God, can touch a name tag to eliminate; Power of Duplication, can choose to change all name tags to one members, therefore that member is eliminated once any one of their name tags is taken (can only be used once); Spirit Summon, can randomly revive an eliminated member to act as a “spirit” for twenty minutes (the spirit cannot eliminate others however), and can summon another one if they eliminate a member within twenty minutes, otherwise the spirit is lost. The last member standing with the Heavenly Golden Turtle Sword wins. The sword is restored, however the greed of man led to the sword being scattered throughout Asia over time, hence the Secret of Nine Swords formed.
  • Treasure Hunter (트레저 헌터) [Episode 135] – Three teams must perform missions to earn hints and find a hidden treasure. Jackie Chan has asked for the help of the Running Manmembers to find this hidden treasure. First, the members receive a hidden code that will reveal the mission venue. The first member to reach the venue receives a dart. The first stage isCola Cider Game, which involves sliding a bottle cap closest to the edge of the table without going over. The first team to complete each stage will receive three darts, second two darts, and last one dart. Stage 2 involves jumping rope together ten times on an acupressure mat. Stage 3 is alarm talk, Project R, which involves a timer on a phone being designated between twenty seconds and two minutes, and each person asks a question to any person, passing them the phone. The person with the phone when the alarm rings is eliminated from the game. The last standing team wins and receives three darts. Stage 4 involves finding twelve masks of the Chinese zodiac, and bringing it to their own base. The first team to have more than half (at least seven) wins and receives three darts. The final stage involves throwing darts using the darts earned, the team who hits the “golden zone” (bull and bullseye) wins.
  • On Dal The Fool and Princess Pyeongkang (바보온달과 평강공주) [Episode 137] – At Running Kindergarten, the story of On Dal The Fool and Princess Pyeongkang is read. Three princesses of King Ko-dong (FD Ko Dong-wan) are sent to find On Dal and marry him. The princesses must train the On Dals to become the greatest general of the country of Running, the ones successful will receive another princess’ name tag for the final mission. Teams travel to the first mission venue (a spa) where the princesses answer quizzes on sports, then the On Dals answering quizzes on female attire. If they answer incorrectly, their On Dals are blasted with water. If they answer correctly, the other teams are blasted instead. The first team who answers the most questions correctly receives another name tag for the princess. Teams travel to the next mission venue, a Thai and American restaurant which the On Dals and princesses choose on their own. At the Thai restaurant, the princess must be lifted five times, then carry the princess through a limbo stick, and shout “Gongju-mama Mansae”. At the American restaurant, the On Dals and princess must eat a cookie stick up to 1.5 cm remaining. The first team to complete both missions receives another name tag for the princess. Teams then travel to the final mission venue (Jo In-joo Boxing Club), where the On Dals are blindfolded and must piggyback the princess, who needs to take the name tag off of the opposing princess. The extra name tags earned for the princesses give more rounds, and in a tournament style, the winner is the last standing princess. She then chooses the greatest On Dal to marry.
  • Sinsa High School Clubs Competition (신사고등학교 동아리 대항전) [Episode 138] – The Athletics and Theatre Departments of Sinsa High School compete for the flag of the school. Through competitions, the winning department will gain control of the flag, and the team to have the flag at the end wins. As an introduction to each other, both departments compete 2 vs 2 in an all-kill style to take the others name tags. When a member of the department is eliminated, another member on standby fills in until the entire department is eliminated. The last standing team will be first to receive the school flag. For the first period, both teams travel to the next venue (Songdo Sports Center) for snack time and suggest three games for competing. The first game chosen is for the team to eat/drink six items in relay the fastest to win. (The second game was not aired.) The third game is to split and connect their legs the farthest to win. The winner of two games will receive the flag. For the second period, “Go” Fighting in Water is played where teams are standing on a floating platform on water and must push the other team off for best two of three rounds. The winning team receives the flag and brings it with them to the final venue (a school) for the final period, where the flag is to be placed on one of five flag poles of their team. Whichever team that has the flag on a flag pole after thirty minutes or if the flag is held out on a pole for one minute prior to that, that department wins.
  • Running Man 3 Part Very Miniseries (런닝맨 3부작 초미니 시리즈) [Episode 139] – The cast of That Winter, The Typhoon Blows (a parody of That Winter, The Wind Blows) meets to film the 3 part miniseries. The three actresses form couples with three actors, with a male couple and single actor remaining. The first part is filmed where the couple finds love throughMoogunghwa Flower Has Bloomed. The winning couple gets a preview of the final scene. The cast travels to the next film set (SBS Tanhyeon Production Center) for part two, where the couples are playing dodgeball, but the female lead is found to have a terminal illness after being hit by the ball, and the male lead must protect her to receive acceptance from her father. The couples are changed and play dodgeball, where the women need to be hit to be eliminated. The winning couple gets a preview of the final scene. The cast travels to the final film set (The MVL Hotel Kintex) for part three, where the male lead introduces the woman he loves to the chairman, who objects the relationship because the two may be siblings. Throughout the venue, hints of who the real siblings are can be found. The name tags of the siblings are to be brought to a “DNA Verification Station” for verification. If the siblings can find each other through verification, they win and receive the chairmans fortune. However, the other characters can eliminate the siblings and place their name tags on the “DNA Verification Station” to win.
  • Virus (바이러스) [Episode 140] – An anger virus has infected the world causing people to lose laughter. The Running Man members have yet to be infected and must find the vaccine to save the world. The members go through a qualification test to see if they are able to become an agent. First, the members must inhale “happy helium gas” at the “Happy Charging Station” and proceed through a rest area to buy certain foods. They must return before the effect of the “happy helium gas” fades. The last member who fails to complete the test becomes infected with the anger virus and is quarantined. The agents then travel to Ecoplex in search of the vaccine. Because of the facilities high security due to its status as a safe zone and home to the vaccine, researchers alert security when an intruder is detected. Agents caught by security are escorted out of the facility. The agents must take a name tag from a researcher while avoiding security to take their ID card to access the vaccine storage room. However, only ID cards with a gold “R” sticker has security clearance to the first gateway. Inside, a second gateway requires a security phrase to open. File folders in the facility hold hints to the security phrase. Inside the second gateway is the laboratory with the vaccine refrigerator. However, the vaccine is missing. It is later revealed that someone (I.A.G) has stolen the vaccine and is spraying the virus on the agents name tags, thus infecting them with the virus as well. Yu-mes Bond must find that person who is impersonating him and eliminate them to retrieve the vaccine.
  • Running Animal Kingdom (런닝 동물의 왕국) [Episode 141] – Each member and guest is represented as an animal (Yu Jae-suk: Grasshopper; Ji Suk-jin: Impala; Kim Jong-kook: Tiger; Gary: Monkey; Ha-ha: Penguin; Song Ji-hyo: Cat; Lee Kwang-su: GiraffeEun Ji-wonPandaJessicaRabbit) and must complete missions to receive an advantage in the next mission. The animals travel to the first mission venue (safari zone) and must meet a designated animal to complete a mission. The missions include: Kim Jong-kook: make six lions sit on top of a rock; Yu Jae-suk: make an elephant say “Joah”; Ha-ha: give three snacks to an elephant; Gary: take a picture of two flamingos forming a heart; Lee Kwang-su: have a giraffe choose the same answer to quizzes; Song Ji-hyo: have the baby lion choose her; Ji Suk-jin: take a picture on a camels back; Jessica: guess what three snacks rhinos like; Eun Ji-won: have three giraffes pause on screen for five seconds. The animals then travel to the next mission venue (water park) for a knowledge battle. Each animal comes up with their own questions and asks the other animals, who write their answer on a sketchbook within thirty seconds. The animal asking the question will then choose one other animal who they believe does not know the answer, and if that animal answers incorrectly, they are doused with water and are eliminated. If they answer correctly, the animal asking the question is doused with water and eliminated instead. The member who completed the previous mission fastest got to go first. The last standing animal will win and receive the advantage for the final mission. The animals travel to the final mission venue (theme park) and try to become the king of the beasts. Each member wears a mask representing their animal, and must take the masks of other animals to eliminate them. The winner of the previous mission received a second life. The last standing animal will win and become the king of the beasts.

Staple missions

These missions were a main part of the show and played in many episodes along with the race mission.

Other missions

These missions are other missions used in landmarks that add variety to the show besides the race missions and staple missions. Many of these missions are related to the landmark and are only played once.

 

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