‘Course of the Force’ relay ends in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO – More than 30 runners from a galaxy far, far away gathered in Pacific Beach Tuesday evening to embark on a journey to Downtown San Diego.

“Going the 500 miles, it’s a little tiring but it’s so worth it,” said Andy Bush, one of the organizers with Octagon.

The race began a week ago at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County.

Course Of The ForceRunners on Tuesday represented hundreds of racers who participated all the way down the California Coast. They were at the race’s final 10 mile stretch — Pacific Beach to the finish line at Hard Rock Hotel, located right across the street from Comic-Con 2013.

Organizers told Fox5 this isn’t your typical costume party.

“The time and energy that people have put into these costumes… it’s been incredible,” said Bush.

“It took about two months to [make this],” said Aayla Secura, who was dressed head-to-toe as a Jedi Knight. “It is nothing but crocheting. There is no knitting. Just started with the top piece and worked our way down!”

This pre-Comic-Con celebration isn’t just to geek out in their favorite costumes.  Each runner paid a $150 entry fee — all of which goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“They’re our heroes,” said Bush. “They are our real stars and celebrities, and they start and end every day with us.”

Two local stars, 6-year-old Jackson Bell and 12-year-old Jose Montana, were honored at this leg of the race.

Jackson, who started the race in Pacific Beach, wishes to meet an Olympic athlete. Jose who was at the finish line, recently gave his wish away, hoping his former elementary school will receive a new playground.

Comic-Con 2013 begins at the San Diego Convention Center this Thursday, July 18 with a special preview night at some exhibits on Wednesday.

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