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A man dressed as Darth Vader ran a mile in 128-degree Death Valley


Good morning. I'm A Martínez.

It's a near-annual tradition for Jon Rice to run a mile as fast as he can in California's Death Valley on the hottest day of the year while wearing a Darth Vader costume. So why? Rice says the thrill of the 128-degree run is worth it. And occasionally someone in a Chewbacca costume runs alongside. Why hasn't Mark Hamill joined him? Anyway, let's hope he remembers to hydrate, because, as you all know, Sith happens.

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A Martínez is one of the hosts of Morning Edition and Up First. He came to NPR in 2021 and is based out of NPR West.