No, this is not a deleted scene from "Star Wars" in which Darth Vader tries chasing down a taxi in Tatooine.
It's actually even much more unlikely than even that.
This is a guy "heat running" through 129-degree temperatures in Death Valley, while dressed -- sensibly -- in the all-black outfit of the ultimate "Star Wars" baddie.
Sound insane? Jonathan Rice agrees. The man behind that mask ran the 1-mile Darth Valley Challenge on Sunday and says on his websitethat, "This is a ludicrously dangerous endeavor. I don't support you doing it. I don't even really support me doing it."
Rice has done it, however, for four years now. Going full-Darth for his annual run through some of the hottest conditions on the planet. He completed this year's run in a very impressive 6 minutes and 36 seconds.
But he didn't just roll out of the TIE Fighter, slap on some black tights and go for a run. Rice says he trains all year for this by running marathons and doing heat training, which includes extended sauna stays and non-costumed Death Valley runs. On his website, he implores people not to attempt a similar feat without proper training. "I have literally run past the grave markers of people who have dropped dead from heat exhaustion here," he writes.
In an email to HLN, Rice explains that "the rangers are down to two people in Death Valley and they need unprepared copycats like they need a hole in the head. So I try and support their excellent work by making sure this is entertaining, but that viewers understand it's not something to emulate."
We get it. It's kind of like attempting the Kessel Run: Best left to professionals. In "Star Wars" costumes.
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