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Photo courtesy of Queens Distance Runners
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Consider it the prequel to the sequel.

A few days before the movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premieres in cinemas across the world, Queens Distance Runners will present “The Course Awakens,” a 5-mile race through Forest Park on Sunday, Dec. 6.

To honor the seventh installment of the epic space opera film series, the race will feature a “Star Wars” costume theme. That’s right. Participants are asked to wear their best Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Chewbacca outfits. Particularly ambitious types could jog as storm troopers, R2-D2 or even C-3PO.

With registration starting at 8 a.m., a special children’s competition, entitled “Kids Ewok Shuffle Mile,” will open the day’s ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. at Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard. The adult run will kick off at 9 a.m. with a course that loops around small hills and past some fields on a wide, tree-lined roadway inside Forest Park. The top three male and female finishers in various age categories will receive awards.

Participants are asked to bring wrapped gifts that the Queens Centers for Progress will distribute to needy children throughout borough during the holiday season.

Editor’s note: The price is $35 in advance and $40 on race day ($10 for the children’s race). The first 200 registrants to the 5-miler get a free shirt. May the course be with you!

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