Edward “Fast Eddy” Dostaler is a young man from Kamloops B.C. who is running There and Back across Canada for much needed Alzheimer’s and Breast Cancer research funding and awareness.
On March 1, 2015, solo and unsupported, Fast Eddy started his run, leaving Victoria B.C. running from the Pacific Ocean over the Rocky Mountains, through the Prairies, the Canadian Shield, Great Lakes, Confederation Bridge (only cross country runner to do so), Cabot Trail to the Atlantic Ocean reaching Cape Spear, Newfoundland on Sept. 30. To turn around and start back. Fast Eddy has now run through Newfoundland through Saskatchewan twice. He is currently in the North Thompson Valley, moving west to end the run back in Victoria on Oct. 29. He has covered approximately 25,000km so to date.
Along the way Fast Eddy has run four 24-hour runs, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, and St. Johns, participated in the Relay for Life, Run for the Cure, Walk for Alzheimer’s, several half marathons as well as many smaller races/runs. He has shaved his head on numerous occasions in support of individuals going through chemotherapy for Breast Cancer. And, has also taken the time to participate in the batting against breast cancer tournament.
Fast Eddy not only shows support for Alzheimer’s and Breast cancer. He has also donated his time and energy into other worthy causes. He has picked up bottles for recycling and helped injured or lost animals along the road, did a 24 hour famine in November in support of the food bank, and asked his followers to support triathletes John Balabuck and Brent Hawley is raising funds for Diabetes. Participated in David’s Journey Marathon in Winnipeg for brain injury awareness, sent a video to encourage a young child to be strong in his fight against a brain tumour as well as showing support for our troops with the 22 day push-up challenge
Fast Eddy has had the great fortune to talk to do students at 80 schools along the way. Topics of discussion are anti-bullying, self-esteem, the perseverance to follow your dreams, Alzheimer’s and Breast Cancer awareness. Also talking of his experiences during the run. Fast Eddy believes that having the opportunity to motivate and inspire the future generation of our world is one of the most important contributions he can make during the run. After each presentation Fast Eddy encourages students to write down any questions they may have. He takes great pride in having responded to over 2500 hand written letters. A little personal touch that means so much.
Fast Eddy has met many great people, former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, and Stephen Harper as well as interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and many MP’s, Senators and Mayors as well as his hero Rick Hansen.
Although the amount of donations raised along the way has been less than expected, the amount of support has been overwhelming. Individuals have taken Fast Eddy into their homes, offered him food and shelter, shared their struggles and joys. Though donations are important and the primary reason for the run, this has been the unseen success of the run. The one money cannot buy.
Fast Eddy’s run has become more than the There and Back Run for Alzheimer’s and Breast Cancer research. Along the way it has become Canadians run of Hope, Freedom and Empowerment. Believing that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
To learn more about Fast Eddy and his run or to donate go to www.fasteddycanada.com