November 02, 2015 - 1:00 PM
KAMLOOPS - The local man who plans to be the first to run across Canada and back has returned to Kamloops to pick up a car so he can make more classroom visits on the second leg of his run.
Edward ‘Fast Eddy’ Dostaler, 27, successfully completed his run across Canada on Sept. 30 and is making plans on how he’ll complete the second part of his challenge, this time with a driver and car in tow.
Dostaler says he made the decision to return home after receiving numerous requests to visit schools and speak to students.
“The talks are about the run in general, how one person can actually make a change and a little bit about bullying and harassing,” he says. “It’s not about what you’ve done; it’s about what you’re doing. People care about what’s happening now, not last week."
Dostaler says he hopes the school visits will inspire kids and create and help fundraise for Alzheimer’s and Breast Cancer research — two causes he’s dedicated the run to. He says he's raised roughly $10,000 in donations so far.
His plan to speak about bullying and the impact of negative comments comes after experiencing online criticism about his run. He says some have accused him of running for fame instead of causes.
“I’d much rather keep going than let others affect me,” he says.
Dostaler plans to leave Kamloops on Nov. 21 to drive the car to Gander, Newfoundland where he’ll start the second half of his run.
To read more about the run or learn how to donate, visit the Fast Eddy website at www.fasteddycanada.com.
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