These Friends Have Been Playing Tag for Nearly 30 Years

Playing Meet the Real-Life Friends Who Inspired ‘Tag’ Movie Starring Jon Hamm

A new film is putting a brand new spin on the childhood game of tag. 

The movie follows a group of men who have been playing the game since they were teenagers.

"Tag" features an A-list cast of Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress, who go to extremes to not be "It," and nothing is off-limits — not even childbirth, a wedding or a funeral.

Believe it or not, "Tag" is based on a true story.

Inside Edition caught up with several of the real-life "Tag Brothers," the buddies who started playing in their Spokane, Wash., high school nearly three decades ago.

“We were just running around the halls between class and someone reached over and said, ‘Hey, Tag – you’re it,’” one of the friends said.

The 10 guys inked a contract in 1990 that they would all take part in a cross-country game of tag every February.

“We all signed it, committing ourselves to a life of touching each other every February,” said Joey, an aerospace engineer.

Since high school, the friends have moved on to a wide range of careers, including a tech executive, a teacher and even a priest.

Although their story has now gone to Hollywood, the guys say their tradition will continue.

"We've been doing this for [28 years] straight and I don't see an end in sight," one of the group’s members told Inside Edition.

For their game, there are just three rules:
1) The game can only be played in February.
2) No touchbacks. You cannot tag the person who just tagged you.
3) And if someone asks if you’re “It,” you have to answer promptly and truthfully.

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