While the mental journey to Comic-Con 2012 started on the very last day of Comic-Con 2011 for some of us, an actual physical journey is kicking off this weekend: The Course of the Force, an Olympic-style charity relay run from the Santa Monica Pier to the gates of Comic-Con — with a Lightsaber as the torch — begins its real-life epic journey this Saturday.


To kick off the kick-off, a new short film featuring Nerdist Chris Hardwick shows the origins of the journey— and reveals that the ILM lot is inhabited by real Ewoks, Boba Fett tools around in a van and one particular comics superstar likes to see people on their knees singing “Yub nub.”

As for the run itself, celebrity participants signed up include Drew Carey, Zachary Levi, Adrienne Curry, Wilfred, members of the LA GAlaxy soccer team and many more. There are still spots open to carry the lightsabre yourself. And all the proceeds go to the Make-a-wish Foundation.