The format for the missions are as follows: 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.
The format for the missions was as follows: In these episodes, the members would arrive at the starting venue separately.
An announcer would announce that "The XX Running Man is entering the arena".
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.
The second episode to the fifth episode, both teams competed to find golden pigs filled with money that was hidden within the landmark and participated in games in the attempt to win more money.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 divided into teams and/or individually earned Running Balls.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).It has garnered attention as being the comeback program for Yoo Jae-suk, the main MC of the program, after leaving Good Sunday The show has become popular in other parts of Asia, and has gained online popularity among Hallyu fans, having been fansubbed into various languages, such as English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Burmese, Arabic, Russian, Turkish and Filipino.