This Saturday, July 7, something called Course of the Force will kick off at the Santa Monica Pier. For charity, various participants will walk or jog a specially made Hasbro lightsaber all the way down to San Diego in time for Comic-Con 2012, passing it from one participant to another Olympics torch-style in quarter-mile increments.
The event is a collaboration between Lucasfilm, Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist empire and Octagon. Hardwick and various co-hosts will broadcast the southbound progress at nerdist.com, and to frame the Make-a-Wish Foundation benefit trek, there’s also this cute short filmed at Industrial Light & Magic:
In order to ensure that the lightsaber gets to San Diego on time, the course will leapfrog the coastal section between Huntington Beach and Oceanside. Among the various other event sponsors, a most appropriate one would seem to be footwear firm Shoebacca.
[More info at courseoftheforce.com]