Star Wars Course of the Force Relay Runs Through LEGOLAND California

Course of the Force is an Olympic torch style relay run using lightsabers instead of the traditional torch to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  The race started July 7th in Santa Monica, CA, and ends tomorrow, July 11th, in San Diego at Comic Con International.  On Monday, July 9th, the event passed through the LEGOLAND California theme park and its LEGO Star Wars Miniland.  Continue reading for more information and photos from LEGOLAND California.

Alex Albrecht and Ashley Eckstein reach LEGOLAND California for the Course of the Force relay

From LEGOLAND California

Four children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation joined forces with four celebrities including former San Diego Padre David Eckstein, Alison Haislip, Alex Albrecht and Ashley Eckstein as they ran through “Course of the Force,” an Olympic torch style relay with a LEGO lightsaber.

Former San Diego Padre David Eckstein runs with Wish child at LEGOLAND California during the Course of the Force relay

 

Baden from Carlsbad, Robert from Solana Beach, Zachary from Encinitas and Camille from Solana Beach experienced rides throughout the course including the all-new Pirate Reef, Sky Cruiser, Build-A-Raft River, LEGO TECHNIC Coaster and Knights’ Tournament.  The relay run concluded in LEGO Star Wars Miniland.

Alex Albrecht floats with a Wish child on the Build-A-Raft River at LEGOLAND CA during the Course of the Force relay

 

Course of the Force is traveling down the Southern California coast July 7-11, just days leading up to the San Diego Comic-Con International.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Make-A-Wish chapters of San Diego, Greater Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire.

Back Row (L-R) Alison Haislip, Alex Albrecht, former San Diego Padre David Eckstein and Ashley Eckstein pose with four children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation at LEGOLAND California during the Course of the Force relay

 

LEGOLAND is also providing an exclusive experience for the Course of the Force through an eBay charity auction starting July 7.  The package includes four Resort Memberships, a two-night stay at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa, $500 LEGO Star Wars product gift pack, $100 LEGOLAND gift card and an exclusive 30 minute Model Builder Session inside LEGOLAND California’s Model Shop.  Click here to bid on the package or visit www.LEGOLAND.com/force for more information.

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