The Running Man Challenge died today, aged just 3 weeks.
A direct descendent of the Harlem Shake, the Running Man Challenge lived a short but largely unsatisfactory life, eventually killed off by airline corporations desperate to cash-in on its dying breaths as an internet meme.
The Challenge was started by basketball players in the United States and spread quickly through a number of US sports teams, who recorded videos of the dance and posted them online, challenging other organisations to join in the dance. Like a virus, it replicated itself across the world, hitting the small island nation of New Zealand last week, where the local police force performed the internet dance, and challenged Australian law enforcement agencies to follow suit.
What ensued was a slow and painful death for The Running Man Challenge. Various state police services recorded videos of The Challenge, to some acclaim and slight mirth. But it was the later involvement of staff from airlines including Air New Zealand and Qantas that put the internet meme into its death throes, finally passing away at 3.47pm.
The Running Man Challenge will be remembered as an innocuous, if not slightly annoying internet fad, that brought happiness and excitement to some, but annoyance and irritation to many, many others.
May it rest in peace.
Funeral arrangements for The Running Man Challenge will be published in due course.