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ToonBarn’s Marc Morrell carries lightsaber across Golden Gate Bridge for Make-A-Wish

ToonBarn's Marc Morrell runs across the Golden Gate Bridge for Course of the Force and Make-A-Wish Foundation

The 2nd Annual Course of the Force Lightsaber Relay, which benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation, made it’s triumphant and star-dazzled first day kickoff from Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California, on July 9, 2013.

But, it was the second day, July 10th, that will be “a day long remembered” by ToonBarn writer, Marc Morrell. Marc was the 35th runner of the 38 participants that ran the San Francisco leg of the Course of the Force. His leg was a half-mile long and covered the first half of the Golden Gate Bridge.

ToonBarn Writer Marc Morrell ran the Golden Gate Bridge leg of the Course of the Force Relay, which takes a lightsaber from Skywalker Ranch in Marin County to San Diego to kick off Comic Con International, and all of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation.
ToonBarn Writer Marc Morrell ran the Golden Gate Bridge leg of the Course of the Force Relay, which takes a lightsaber from Skywalker Ranch in Marin County to San Diego to kick off Comic Con International, and all of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

We asked Marc what it was like to run as a participant in the Course of the Force. Marc said, “I consider it an honor to carry the lightsaber that officially kicks off Comic Con in San Diego, especially since the whole relay supports Make-A-Wish Foundation. In only 2 years, this has become a major event in both Star Wars and Comic Con Fandom. I couldn’t have been prouder to carry the lightsaber across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. I had to wear my Jedi costume. It seemed appropriate when carrying a lightsaber.”

ToonBarn's own Marc Morrell runs a half-mile leg of the Course of the Force Lightsaber Relay across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA.
ToonBarn’s own Marc Morrell runs a half-mile leg of the Course of the Force Lightsaber Relay across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA.

You can follow Marc and his stories from San Diego Comic Con over the next several days on ToonBarn.

ToonBarn's Marc Morrell is all smiles as he prepares to handoff the lightsaber to the next Course of the Force Relay Participant on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA.
ToonBarn’s Marc Morrell is all smiles as he prepares to handoff the lightsaber to the next Course of the Force Relay Participant on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA.

If you’d like to see a recap of the entire Course of the Force Relay, from July 9-16, you can go to this link and watch each day’s coverage. (Catch Marc in the video from Day 2):

http://courseoftheforce.starwars.com/multimedia/

Make-A-Wish Foundation® is a nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions see their dreams come true. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has made “wishes come true” for more than 250,000 children worldwide. Nearly 25,000 volunteers work in different capacities, from wish-granting to fundraising, to enhance these children’s lives, showing the power of a wish.

On the heels of last year’s monumental, first-of-its-kind event, Course of the Force, the lightsaber run that captivated the attention of Star Wars™ fans around the world, returned July 9th – 16th, 2013:

July 9th & 10th – San Francisco
July 11th – The Bay Area
July 12th – Pacific Palisades & Santa Monica
July 13th – Huntington Beach
July 14th – Oceanside
July 15th – Oceanside to Pacific Beach
July 16th – Pacific Beach to San Diego

Kicked off at the famed Skywalker Ranch, participants continued the relay run down through San Francisco with several stops along the California coastline before reaching the finish line— arriving just in time for the start of the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con® International. Nerdist Industries’ founder Chris Hardwick was back to host the event, with city-stops along the way featuring “Conivals” where fans could celebrate their love of the Saga with live entertainment, expo booths, giveaways and much more.

Course of the Force Badge used to designate a participant in the Relay from Skywalker Ranch to San Diego Comic Con to support Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Marc Morrell

I am a Big Fan of all types of animation. Like a lot of things, the cream always rises to the top. My favorites have included Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels, anything Pixar, Phineas and Ferb, Voltron Legendary Defender, and the DC/WB Animated Films. I have a lot of Old School favorites as well, such as Star Blazers, Voltron, Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, and Scooby Doo.
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2 Comments

  1. Hey.

    Watched the video and saw you running in it.
    Great job, Marc Morrell!

    – Ziro out.

    • Thank you, Ziro. It was definitely fun to do it, and it’s all for a great charity, the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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