DARTH VADER RUNS UNDER 131º F
When you think of Death Valley California it’s likely that a few common images probably come to mind; dry river beds, cloudless skies, searing heat radiating off barren rocky landscapes… Death Valley is a place where the ground temperature can reach more than a 130 degrees… and that’s on a mild day. Staying cool in such a place is major challenge that few people would think is possible.
But every year, since 2010, fans of Star Wars participate of the Darth Valley Challenge, a race of one mile (1.6 km) in Death Valley in the Mojave Desert, California, where subscribers dress up as their favorite characters from the saga. The 2013 edition, which occurred on June 30, may have marked a new record.
Gown as Darth Vader, Jonathan Rice made the route – between Badwater Junction and Furnace Creek Ranch (see map) – in 6 minutes and 36 seconds. The time is not the best of Rice (in 2011 he made the mile in 6’13 “), but this time the thermometer marked 131º F at the time of the race, at 16h.
Though Death Valley is known as the hottest point of USA, the race had never caught a sun so strong, since it began in 2010. Rice, creator of Darth Valley Challenge, told that will try to enter the Guinness Book of Records with the most heated contest of all time. He always runs with the colors of the Sith Lord.
Is the Force strong on you? Would you be bold enough to take the Darth Valley Challenge next year?