The fine folks at Nerdist are teaming up with Lucasfilm, Octagon and Machinima to do the first ever “Lightsaber Run” in the days leading up to San Diego Comic Con. That might be the geekiest thing we’ve ever written. Considering our penchant for robots, that’s saying a lot!
Dubbed “Course of the Force,” the Olympic-style lightsaber relay will take place on July 7 to 11 and cover the trek from Santa Monica to San Diego. At each quarter-mile marker, participants will pass off the official lightsaber on to the next person. Proceedings from the event will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The lightsaber run has got both geek and heart appeal.
The part that really gets our nerd-heart aflutter, however, is what Nerdist is doing with its new YouTube Partner Channel. Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick and other hosts will be live broadcasting the run each day directly to Nerdist’s YouTube channel. Machinima will also be creating content around the event for its multi-channel video network.
The goal is to raise money for charity, get people hyped about Comic Con and come on, does anyone really need a reason to trek from Santa Monica to San Diego dressed in Star Wars garb? Didn’t think so.
Have a look at the video above for a breakdown of the event and also a little bit of Lucasfilm lightsaber magic with Hardwick. Is this the kind of event that could get you out and running in full jedi garb? Let us know in the comments below.