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STAR WARS "Course of the Force" Comic-Con Relay Announced

Comic-Con Star Wars by Jim Napier

Are you headed to Comic-Con this summer, but not sure how to get to San Diego? A possible solution has just been announced by Chris Hardwick via MTV.

Course of the Force is a Star Wars-themed Olympic-style relay from Santa Monica to San Diego, where runners pass off lightsabers instead of batons. The race will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and participants will arrive just in time for the Con. Hardwick said,

Initially we wanted to do it from Skywalker Ranch all the way down to San Diego, but we kind of wanted to just get our feet wet the first year.

The event is the concept of Hardwick’s Nerdist Industries business partner, Peter Levin. "His son wakes him up every morning by hitting him on the head with a lightsaber," he said.

Here is what Hardwick and Levin had to say about the event:

"There’s just nothing really to do for fans," Hardwick says. "We wanted a positive, celebratory experience that could be for charity." Thus the lightsaber relay was born. From July 7th through the 11th, Hardwick and his Nerdist comrades will follow the relay action, which will include parties, contests and giveaways. "It's five days of nerds in cosplay running, passing a lightsaber all the way down the California Coast.”

Fans of all types are welcome to participate in the race, "Any kind of character that they're into— anime characters, Doctor Who characters, Battlestar— we welcome all walks," says Hardwick.

This sounds like a cool way to have fun while making a difference. If I could run, I would gladly participate. Do you plan on attending Comic-Con? Are you interested in running in the Course of the Force?

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