Say it five times fast: “Darth Vader-dressed dude dashes in Death Valley.” It sounds like a comic convention fever dream, but it’s very real. Jonathan Rice is a fan of heat running. It’s pretty much what it sounds like. It involves running in stifling hot temperatures.
Rice is the originator of the Darth Valley Challenge, a personal challenge he sets himself to run a mile through Death Valley at the height of its heat, all the while dressed as everyone’s favorite “Star Wars” villain, mask and all.