Course of the Force Part II Nears San Diego Comic-Con to Benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation

     July 15, 2013


An army of lightsaber-wielding celebrities are making their way from George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch to San Diego Comic-Con 2013.  The 500-mile relay run is being completed in quarter-mile segments by such entertainers as Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), Danielle Panabaker (Mad Men), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3),Analeigh Tipton (Warm Bodies) and Molly Quinn (We’re the Millers).  In addition to being a great excuse to dress up as Star Wars characters, Nerdist and Lucasfilm’s second running of Course of the Force aims to raise funds and awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  For more details, video and images from the event, hit the jump.

Speaking of celebs, this video recap features Molly Quinn as Star Wars character Mara Jade, so take a look!

Check out the fully-detailed press release below:


Aimee Teegarden (“Aim High”; “Friday Night Lights”), Danielle Panabaker (AMC’s “Mad Men”; Friday the 13th), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3),Analeigh Tipton (Warm BodiesCrazy, Stupid Love), Molly Quinn (We’re the Millers), Kevin Shinick (Emmy Award winning writer; Cartoon Network’s “Mad”) 

Other 2013 participants include: Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) and husband Alexis Denisof (“H+”), Jaime King (Sin City 2 & “Heart of Dixie”) and husband Kyle Newman (director, Fanboys), Chris Colfer (“Glee”), Adrianne Curry (TV personality), Darth VaderR2-D2Boba Fett and more!


WHEN – Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14


WHERE – through Los Angeles



Samsung Galaxy S 4, Rovio, Qualcomm, Ford, Cinemark, Real D, State Farm, Otter Pops, Virgin America, Rubie’s Costumes and Hasbro


danielle-panabaker-aimee-teegarden-course-of-the-forceCOURSE OF THE FORCE SCHEDULE

–       Tuesday, July 9 – George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch

–       Wednesday, July 10 – through San Francisco + CONIVAL

–       Thursday, July 11 – Boba Fett will escort the official COTF lightsaber from SF to LA on a special Virgin America flight (non-relay day)

–       Friday, July 12 – from Pacific Palisades to Santa Monica  + CONIVAL

–       Saturday, July 13 – from Santa Monica to Huntington Beach + CONIVAL

–       Sunday, July 14 – through Oceanside + CONIVAL

–       Monday, July 15 – from Oceanside to Pacific Beach

–       Tuesday, July 16 – from Pacific Beach to San Diego



Nerdist and Lucasfilm’s Course of the Force (COTF) – the Olympic-style lightsaber relay run for charity – has returned for a 2nd epic journey, beginning at the famed Skywalker Ranch, ending at San Diego’s Comic-Con and benefitting Make-A-Wish Foundation, from July 9th-16th. The run spans much of the California coastline with city-stops along the way, featuring post-run “Conival” celebrations in San Francisco, Santa Monica, Huntington Beach and Oceanside; where fans can celebrate their love of the Saga with live entertainment, expo booths, giveaways and much more. In addition to helping grant wishes for Make-A-Wish children, participants of COTF will run quarter-mile segments down the California coast, passing off the official COTF lightsaber. Runners are encouraged to be creative and wear their best Star Wars gear.


For more information on Course of the Force, visit


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