Fresh from strutting his stuff in the police running man challenge video, Sergeant Sonny Iosefo says being involved was a chance to express his personality.

Iosefo is the star dancer in the viral clip which has been liked 148,000 times on Facebook, and has been responded to by the New York Police Department and Olympic champion Valerie Adams.

Speaking to Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking, Mr Iosefo said he relished the opportunity to bust out the retro dance-move.

Listen: Sergeant Sonny Iosefo speaks to Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking

"I think the whole concept was just showing the new school how the old school does it.


"The running man from how I know it from the 80s is very different is what it looks like on the internet today.

"It shows that we're just as human as everyone else, and we do have our own personal lives outside of the uniform."

He said the NYPD's acceptance of the New Zealand Police challenge was "fantastic".

"I loved the concept of getting the youth involved and being in it together. I think it'll help build close relationships in their community."

Mr Iosefo couldn't resist having a dig at fellow officers across the ditch.

"I'm yet to see the Aussies bring it, I understand Victoria Police are putting something out very soon.

"It'll be interesting to see what they come up with because it's a hard act to follow."

Yesterday Valerie Adams also accepted the challenge.

She flexed her dancing muscles on Instagram, posting a video of her "training" regime.

The post was captioned: "Morning Session complete with a fun warm down to finish."

Morning Session complete with a fun warm down to finish #runningmanchallenge?????? #swiss #coach #swisswrestlingchamp

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The "running man" challenge has gone viral since a group of college basketball players from the University of Maryland in the United States, last month began posting videos to Instagram of them performing the late 80s dance move.