According to a “Running Man” representative on March 3, “Yoo Jae Suk gave iPads as gifts to the university students who participated in the ‘Running Man 2014 University War’ special.”
The rep explained, “Yoo Jae Suk wanted to express his gratitude toward all of the university students who actively participated on the show. He was too shy to give the gifts in person, so he asked the production team to give out the gifts on his behalf. He wanted to let this pass quietly, but people found out.”
Meanwhile, on the “Running Man 2014 University War” special, each cast member was given the mission to recruit two teammates from their designated universities. Ji Seok Jin went to Kyung Hee University, HaHa went to Dongguk University, Yoo Jae Suk to Korea University, Kim Jong Kook to Chung-Ang University, Gary to Sungshin Women’s University, and Song Ji Hyo went to Konkuk University. Each team built boats from different materials in a race across the Han River.
It has been presumed that one of the participants on the show revealed in a online post saying, “I got an iPad from Yoo Jae Suk,” and that’s how the news spread. It has also been said that Yoo Jae Suk not only gave out iPads, but he also paid to rent out motel rooms for the students whose clothes got wet during the race in addition to providing them with brand new tracksuits and shoes.