|Our leg started at the Oceanside Pier|
I first heard about the relay as I was researching upcoming running events in the area for my San Diego Running Examiner online column. I was inspired by the cause and it just seemed like something different and extremely fun to participate in. The event first started last year as a way to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In fact, 100% of proceeds (runners pay to participate, just like regular races) go to the organization.
|We had to run behind Jabba's Sail Barge|
|Course of the Force bus|
|Girls, our escorts, and me running the Course of the Force!|
The run itself was only a quarter of a mile. I wish it was longer because I don't know when in life I'm going to have that much fanfare along with me on a run again! The police were escorting us and I had policemen on bikes on both sides of me. Then there was the photographer on his bike beside me. He was pretty crazy and one of the other runners said that at one point he fell off his bike. I hope he's all right! After my leg was done, there was another bus behind me to pick up all the runners as they were done. Getting on the bus was also a little stressful, but the event organizers that were on the bus helped me with the girls. They were great. Then we settled in to pick up all the runners in our group as they finished and then we headed back to Oceanside Pier to get our cars.
Overall, I had such a blast. I can't wait to do it again next year. And hopefully my girls will be a little more manageable and I can do it without the stroller. That would be nice. And we'll have to make sure our oldest can make it.
The company that started the event, Nerdist, has created recap videos of each day of the relay. Here's the video of our leg of the relay. You will definitely recognize 3 cute Princess Leias around 3:00 in the video :)
We were also featured in the San Diego Union Tribune. The reporter of the article was in the group of runners I was with. I'm flattered she mentioned us in her article. If you watched the above video, she was the lady dressed as the Angry Bird Princess Leia that appeared in the video right before us.
This was by far one of the most fun things I've done since moving here. Can't wait to do it next year!