The Course of the Force to San Diego Comic-Con starts this morning
Lucasfilm Ltd., Nerdist Industries and Octagon have teamed up to present Course of the Force, an Olympic torch style relay run with lightsabers, where participants will make a journey from Santa Monica to the San Diego Comic-Con to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
At quarter-mile markers (much less than 12 parsecs), participants will hand off the official Hasbro Ultimate FX Course of the Force lightsaber to the next runner as they begin their leg of the journey. Course of the Force will take place July 7-11, in the days leading up to the San Diego Comic-Con International. The run starts at 10 AM Pacific time this morning at the Santa Monica Pier, with a variety of activites prior to the start of the relay. At 11:00 a.m, The Spazmatics will perform, and master of ceremonies Chris Hardwick will take the stage at 12:30 p.m., before he starts the lightsaber journey with Make-A-Wish Foundation kids.
Runners in the relay will include Drew Carey, Zachary Levi, Michael Rosenbaum, Paul Scheer, Katie Linendoll, Vanessa Lengies, Neil Everett, Alex Heartman, Tyler Posey, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Kal Penn, and Adrianne Curry.
Nerdist Industries’ founder Chris Hardwick and co-hosts will follow the action from the Course of the Force lead vehicle each day, broadcasting live to the Nerdist platform, including its YouTube channel and StarWars.com. As the Course makes its stops along the California coast, Star Wars-themed parties, contests and live Nerdist shows will cap off each day for fans to enjoy.
And if you must ask how this came to be, well…
Oh, and to Robert Kirkman: have you never heard of spoilers, man?