A million-dollar prize is up for grabs in a unique interactive reality competition series called “The Runner,” a project dreamed up by Academy Award winners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon that has been 16 years in the making.
“The Runner,” which will launch this summer and best hosted on Verizon’s new go90 platform, follows a runner who will try to make it across the U.S. over the course of 30 days. The catch? Eight teams, each made up of two “chasers,” along with at-home viewers, will try to locate and capture the runner using tips, clues and technology.
“Somewhere in the United States, a mysterious runners will be racing toward an undisclosed city,” according to the show’s website. “That runner will be hunted by competing teams of chasers. It is up to the runner to use strategy and determination to avoid the chasers and make it to the target city. The task of the chasers is to find the runner before time runs out… or another group of chasers beats them to it.”
At stake for the runner and chasers, according to a press release, is a million-dollar prize. Also, Verizon go90 users who provide tips, sightings and evidence of the runner’s location are also eligible to win money.
Interested runners and chasers can apply via the show’s website. “You do not need to be an athlete or have experience with endurance events/sports to apply for the roles of runner or chasers,” according to the website. “You do, however, need to be reasonably fit to keep up with the pace of the show.”