Man Takes Plenty of Heat for Running in ‘Darth Valley’

darthchallengeStar Wars fans rally behind Jonathan Rice every year.  Why wouldn’t they?  He’s risking his health by running in the hottest spot in the country while dressed as Darth Vader.

Rice is a Star Wars buff himself.  He created the Darth Valley Challenge, a personal challenge to run a mile through Death Valley at the height of its heat.

On Sunday, Rice made the mile run in 6 minutes and 36 seconds when the temperature was a balmy 129 degrees.  This year’s goal was to set a new Guinness World Record for the hottest verified run.

Below, watch Rice’s first run in July 23, 2010.