From the official Star Wars site:
Lucasfilm Ltd., Nerdist Industries, Octagon and Machinima have teamed up to present Course of the Force, an Olympic-style lightsaber relay held July 7-11, where participants will make a journey from Santa Monica to San Diego while benefiting a worthy cause.
Star Wars fans, sit up and take notice! Chris Hardwick and Machinima by themselves would be enough to cause excitement, but both of them together… that’s something else entirely! They are both huge names in the nerd world, so their combined forces are going to be something to behold.
At quarter-mile markers (much less than 12 parsecs), participants will hand off the official Course of the Force lightsaber to the next runner as they begin their leg of the journey. Course of the Force will take place in the days leading up to the annual San Diego Comic Con International, July 12-15.
I can’t think of a better way to kick off a convention than an event like this. With star power like Chris Hardwick and the massive online presence of Machinima should do wonders with getting the word out about this relay, as well as provide plenty of entertainment while it goes on.
Proceeds from this event are going to the Make-A-Wish foundation, which is America’s foremost wish-granting organization, helping sick and dying children realize their dreams. A very worthy charity for Lucasfilm to be partnering with.
If you live in the area, or if you are going to the San Diego Comic Con and can get down there a few days early, definitely check this out. If you aren’t, keep your eye on The Nerdist and Machinima for their updates and live streams during the race.
“The Course of the Force lightsaber run is a great cause that combines fitness with helping others, principles that aspiring Jedi Knights can embrace. We have long supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and this is a great opportunity to raise funds and awareness while letting Star Wars fans celebrate the favorite saga,” said Kayleen Walters, Sr. Director of Marketing for Lucasfilm.
All I can say is that there had darn well better be a purple lightsaber involved in the relay. And some badly choreographed lightsaber fights at the relay hand-offs. That’s what I want to see come out of it, as well as a great time and a good chunk of change for Make-A-Wish.
More information on the event can be found here.