Yesterday, the NerdFu crew arrived in San Diego for Comic Con, but since the official festivities of SDCC don’t kick off until the evening of 7-17 we found ourselves hitting the web to find out what awesome con-related activities were getting started a little early.
We didn’t have to search for long. With all the SDCC info floating around the interwebs, we quickly found that the Course of the Force relay run was finishing up it’s nine day journey in the Gaslamp Quarter (directly across from the convention center where SDCC is held), so we jumped on our speeder bikes and shot on over.
WHAT IS THE COURSE OF THE FORCE?
“This year marks the second Course of the Force relay, the result of a partnership between Lucasfilm, event organizers Octagon, and Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Industries. Last year it went from Santa Monica to San Diego and raised some $100,000 for the charity. This year the run has extended north to include Bay Area locations. “Last year we started in Santa Monica, this year, Marin, and hopefully next year Tatooine,” Hardwick joked in announcing this year’s relay.” – via Angela Watercutter’s article on Wired.com
FINISHING THE COURSE
At the corner of 5th and L street in San Diego’s Gaslmap Quarter, we waited for the final runner of the Course of the Force to arrive and hand off the Lightsaber at the wrap party. About 10 minutes before 8, the police arrived to part the traffic and in came two huge tour buses, wrapped in the Course of the Force artwork, a replica of Jabba’s Sail Barge from Return of the Jedi and the final runner.
It wasn’t until we got closer that I realized who the runner was…
check out the photos below to see if you can spot him. click on any image for a larger version, with share options
That’s right, that is the one-and-only Wilmer Valderamma (Fez, from That 70’s Show)
MORE ABOUT THE COURSE OF THE FORCE
For more information on the course, the runners, the charity and anything else to do with the Course of the Force, visit http://courseoftheforce.starwars.com