Erin Strecker
July 05, 2012 AT 02:30 PM EDT

In the lead-up to the Olympics, the most accomplished athletes and dignitaries bring a torch around the world. In the lead-up to San Diego Comic-Con (July 12-15), dedicated individuals run a lightsaber around Southern California.

Course of the Force is a race complete with an official Hasbro Ultimate FX Course of the Force lightsaber that runs from Santa Monica to San Diego July 7-11. Participants run in quarter-mile increments bringing the lightsaber to Comic-Con.

You can check out the full schedule (and get your nerd on with themed parties throughout the race!) over on the official Course of the Force website.

Below, get the force with you by watching a preview trailer:

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