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“Course Of The Force” Invades SoCal For Comic-Con: Star Wars Run Hits Oceanside This Sunday

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Break out your best Star Trooper costume, Star Wars is invading my neck of the woods, Oceanside, CA! On Sunday 7/14 there will be a huge event & concert at Rotary Park in Oceanside, all open to the public. There will be food/drink, giveaways & expo booths, live music and – perhaps best of all – 20,000 guests dressed up as their favorite Star Wars characters (nerd alert!). The “Conival”, as it is called, is part of a 500-mile charity relay-run from SF, through LA and on to Comic-Con.

  • Date: Sunday, July 14, 2013
  • Time: Conival – 11am to 4pm
  • Concert – 2:30pm to 4pm
  • Location: Rotary Park (Intersection of Mission Ave, & N. Pacific St.)
  • Sponsors: Samsung, Qualcomm, Ford, Cinemark, Real D, State Farm, Otter Pops, Virgin America, Rubie’s Costumes and Hasbro

This is all part of a LARGER event that ends at Comic-Con: Course Of The Force.

Lucasfilm and Nerdist are putting on a 500-mile Star Wars-themed Lightsaber relay-run from San Francisco to Los Angeles and on to San Diego just in time for Comic-Con. The week-long event, called COURSE OF THE FORCE, will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. After the Oceanside leg of the race, there will be a massive “Conival” celebration and concert, open to the public. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best Star Wars garb. There will be food & drink, giveaways & expo booths, as well as live entertainment.


  • –       Tuesday, July 9 – George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch
  • –       Wednesday, July 10 – through San Francisco
  • –       Friday, July 12 – from Pacific Palisades to Santa Monica
  • –       Saturday, July 13 – from Santa Monica to Huntington Beach
  • –       Sunday, July 14 – through Oceanside
  • –       Monday, July 15 – from Oceanside to Pacific Beach
  • –       Tuesday, July 16 – from Pacific Beach to San Diego

How fantastically nerdy is this? I absolutely LOVE the idea of a bunch of Storm Troopers, Ewoks, and Han Solos running around Oceanside!

I cannot wait to see all of this on Sunday!

For more information on Course of the Force, visit

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  1. OMG that is so cool!

  2. I so love Star Wars I wish I could make it!

  3. I would love to go to comic con

  4. Wow thanks for letting us know about this – sounds like a lot of fun! I will try and make it.

  5. My boyfriend has been wanting to go to comic con for a while now.

  6. This is definitely something for very disturbed individuals

  7. That is kind of weird and funny at the same time.

  8. I cannot wait for Comic Con Montreal, that is the one closest to me, all Comic Cons are terrific fun.

  9. This is so random, great idea!