The Runner is the main protagonist of the Run trilogy, appearing in all three games. In Run 3, her goal is to thoroughly explore the tunnels, marking each one on her map. She is unlocked upon starting any of the three games for the first time and is recommended for beginners.
The Runner is the default character. She is somewhat maneuverable and has a decent jump. She has 7 bonus costumes: the Student, the Lizard, the Gentleman, the Angel, the Caveman, the Zombie, and the Skater. None of these, excluding the Skater, have any special abilities and are only cosmetic.
The Runner has good for the cost of speed and jump distance. As said in the description: "Easier to control, can't jump as far." She plays almost exactly the same as in Run.
As per tradition for the series, she retains her basic controls from the previous two games, albeit slightly improved for faster turns. Her only weakness are long distance gaps or anything to potentially slow her down, as it will take a while to build up her top speed.
She can beat almost any level when used correctly.
The Runner is the simplest character in the game. She has one green eye with a darker green pupil. She doesn't wear any notable accessories like hats and other cosmetics.
The Jack-O-Lantern has a carved pumpkin around her body.
The Skier has red skies and a pair of muck sticks. Her hat is red with a white bobble on top. Her antennae don't appear.
The Runner is very kind to the others and has great leadership skills. She is open-minded and can work together with others such as the Skater and Student to explore. She loves to map out and explore new places and wants to see everything the world has to offer when she can. The Runner doesn't like it when other people doodle on her map, but doesn't want to offend them by erasing their doodles.
The Runner and Angel have had a bit of a rivalry together. The Angel wants to lead the others home and be a hero, while the Runner wants to keep exploring the tunnels. The Runner also refused to give her map to the Angel and follow him. Most of all, she dislikes the fact that the Angel has a big ego.
She may seem different to other people's lives, but gives examples of relevant life problems and solutions. As revealed in "Fame", she's known as the Cartographer on the Planet and is quite famous. She isn't all about the attention however, and prefers peace and quiet.
The Runner has two unlockable costumes; a winter costume and a Halloween costume.
"She found a box full of ski gear and grabbed the items that fit. Hopefully the original owner won't mind." -In game description (old)
"Listen, ANYONE would have trouble staying in control on frictionless skis." -In game description (new)
The Runner's winter costume is unlocked by beating the Winter Games. Alternatively, it can be bought in the shop for 500 power cells. When the winter costume is equipped, the Runner wears a red bobble hat with a white pompom, red skis, and holds silver ski poles. She is officially known as the Skier when wearing her winter costume. When this costume is equipped, the Skier will keep accelerating as long she is on the ground. Her top speed is equal to the Skater's.
Like the Runner, her true weakness is anything that can slow her down. Without any acceleration, she won't be able to make any long jumps.
"Well, I guess that's one idea for a costume. Isn't it heavy, though?" -In game description
The Runner's Halloween costume is unlocked by beating the Low-Power Tunnel. Alternatively, it can be bought in the shop for 750 power cells. When the Halloween costume is equipped, the Runner wears a large carved pumpkin that covers most of her body. She is officially known as the Jack-O-Lantern when wearing her Halloween costume. She will jump very high when she has the Halloween costume. However, the jump height is still slightly lower than the Lizard's. Though, this is already more than enough for most situations. Like the Lizard you'll need to beware of smaller tunnels, as jumping too high can send you out the tunnel.
Respawning: Every time she falls into holes and gaps, she can respawn in the level, granting her the ability to use the trial-and-error method to figure out how to beat the level and go over the obstacle in front of her. However, this ability is seen in all characters in Run 3, and it is unknown how this can be achieved.
Modest Running Skills: Her skills of running is notably great, able to run at a relatively fast speed than other characters like the Student and Lizard. Although she is slow in comparison to the Skater for obvious reasons. She's so versatile that she can fit in and beat nearly all of the levels in the game without much problem.
Enhanced Leap: She can jump relatively high, able to reach about 4.5 m in terms of height, while her height is only about 1 m tall! Even better, she can control her jump distance, ranging from a small hop to a large jump, allowing her to leap over most gaps.
Superb Stamina: She can keep running in a relatively high speed, and, unlike the Lizard, won't give up easily. She hasn't been seen to feel tired in the game.
Enhanced Running Speed: She can run a at fairly fast speed, with her top speed reaching about 13 m/s, which is pretty fast for her short little legs.
Modest Maneuverability: Her maneuverability is notably high, as her strafing speed is about 13.5 m/s, and that she can beat most levels with ease. Even spiral levels can't really make her give up, and she is probably the only character who can run against a Conveyor tile.
Invincibility: She doesn't seem to get hurt by any means in the game. Even if she hits a box while running at full speed, she simply stops, and won't get hurt. Also, since she can respawn, even falling into space won't harm her, and will send her back at the starting point instead.
Pain suppression: She is able to hit a Box with her head and let it speed away in space, seen during the Bridge Building minigame. From the impact, it should be understood that she was also hit in the head by the Box. However, she doesn't seem to mind the effect.
Expert Cartographic Skills: As the Cartographer in the Planet, she should have a high degree of cartographic skills, since a lot of characters look forward to her maps. She is so famed that almost everyone knows her on the Planet.
Experienced Artist: She is seen to have some skills in drawing when she sketches on her map. Not only can she mark the locations of different places somewhat accurately, as seen in the Galaxy Map, but she is also able to draw shapes and pictures like the Planet.
Experienced Constructor: It is known that she supervised the construction of the City, and several smaller cities. Therefore, it is assumed that she has some degree of constructing skills.
The Runner is a very simple character that is easy to use. She accelerates faster on the ground, meaning staying on the ground is generally recommended for speed. Her jumping abilities are extremely helpful. Her strafing is great as well, making travelling the tunnels a breeze.
Overall, the Runner is a very easy character to use, and is helpful in almost all situations.
The Skier on the other hand, is focused much more on speed. Similarly to the Runner, she speeds up on the ground, however, she can reach speeds as high as the Skater! The rest of her stats are the same, except for the fact she maneuvers better on ice. She is the one of the best characters for Infinite Mode, due to her extreme ease of speeding up and slowing down.
The Jack-O-Lantern, is slow and jumps high; basically a modified Lizard. This costume is extremely useful as it combines the high jumping of the Lizard, and the accessibility of the Runner. It is also useful in levels such as I-5.
Here is a list of all achievements in Run 3 for the Runner.
Coming Full Circle - As the Runner, travel all the way around Level 35.
Dodge the Squares - As the Runner, complete Level 4 without jumping or dislodging tiles.
Frictionless - As the Skier, reach the conveyors in Level N-7. Make sure to keep your skis fully inside the tunnel.
The Runner appears in 17 of the 65 cutscenes (65 is the total number of cutscenes if including all of the hidden and optional ones). Here is a full list of her appearances throughout the story, in chronological order.
- Coming Through
- Nice to Meet You
- Socratic Method
- Planet Stolen
- Wormhole in Sight
- My Turn
- The Gap
- Tell a Friend
- Lightning Strikes Twice
- Leave It Here
- Crossing the Gap
Infinite Mode Trivia
- Who needs flashy special abilities when you have precision and agility?
- The Runner’s philosophy: you can’t plan for everything. Instead, plan for the fact that you can’t plan for everything.
- Both the Runner and the Angel have leadership skills, but you wouldn't know it from listening to the Angel.
- True to her name, the Runner performs best on the ground, where she can move and change directions faster.
- As the oldest one here, the Runner naturally has the best strength and agility.
- The Runner may not like people doodling on her map, but she doesn't want to offend them by erasing their work.
- Her map only stores 1GB, but the Runner has never even come close to running out. She doesn't see what the fuss is over 8GB paper.
- Quickly release the jump button for a low jump. The sooner you land, the more time you have to prepare the next jump!
- The Runner supervised the construction of the City, and several smaller cities.
- She is the only character to appear in all Run games if you don't count bonus costumes.
- Her original character description was "She may not have flashy abilities, but she's good at what she does".
- When the Runner first met the Angel, she introduced herself as "the Runner, also known as the Cartographer
- On the Angel's list for going home, she is referred to as the "The Annoyance", and later, "The Know-it-All".
- In the Bridge-Building mini-game, it is shown that the Runner wants someone who acts like a grade-school bully and has done more in his life than hers to fail at whatever he's doing. (It seems to point at the Angel who acts like a bully, and that the Runner wants to see the Angel fail at locating the Planet.)
- The Runner has a field of satellite disc hidden somewhere, which she used to contact home and let her family know she is well, as revealed in a stream on March 3rd 2020.
- She has two brothers, one being the Sailor, and the other being the Chemist. Her father is close to her, and apparently she has no mother, but the Sage doesn't count. For more on these characters, visit Minor Characters.
The Runner shares some sprites with the Student, and some sprites that are for specifically the Student appear in the Runner's sheet.
The sprite next to her current selected one is similar to her old one, but is unused. Her sitting is also unused.