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The Course of the Force Passes Through San Francisco

Posted: Jul. 16th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

It's Comic-Con International season and like the torch for the Olympics of nerddom, Course of the Force's light-saber is making its way through San Francisco. The saber has passed through many hands, including a man in a Boba Fett costume, but it has a long way to go before reaching San Diego just in time for the Comic-Con set to kick off in just a little while.

Geek-focused digital media company Nerdist Industries did something kind of amazing in the lead-up to last year’s Comic-Con International — it staged a relay race called the Course of the Force, where fans carried a lightsaber along the California coast to raise money for the Make a Wish foundation.

The company (now owned by Legendary Entertainment) brought the event back this year, and it swung through San Francisco yesterday. You can see footage from the run and my interviews with a few of the participants in the video above — not only was I struck by the awesomeness of some of the costumes (seriously, if you are any kind of science fiction geek, watch for the cross between Iron Man and C-3PO) but also by the diversity of the runners — in terms of age, gender, home city and more.

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