You can be excused if you’ve never heard of Course of the Force. It only started last year, and in all honesty, it doesn’t even seem like the people behind it were ready for just how big it got. For the uninitiated, Course of the Force is a 500 mile charity relay from San Francisco to San Diego that ends at Comic Con. Think Olympic torch run, but with a lightsaber instead! Last year they had over 400 runners and raised over $100,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. This year, as you might imagine, they are eager to make the whole event bigger and better.
The run itself doesn’t get started until the week before Comic Con (July 9th), but you can already see a few teaser sketches going up over on the Nerdist YouTube channel. (The Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick is the original instigator behind the project.) You can also find extensive coverage of last year’s event, including a Jabba’s Pleasure Barge driving the streets California, a selection of guests connected to the Star Wars franchise, and plenty of cosplayers dressed up in their Jedi finest!
Keep up-to-date on this year’s run here.
Check out Course of the Force 2012 here.
If you decide you want to be part of the action, it’s not too late. Registration for runners is still open here.
If you were running the relay, which Star Wars character would you dress as?