Former Clearwater resident writes book on cross country run

Eddy Dostaler said he expects his book to be completed by the end of the year

Former Clearwater resident, Edward “Fast Eddy” Dostaler, is writing a book about his run for cancer and Alzheimer’s donations, which saw him hoof it across the country from Victoria to Newfoundland and back again.

Dostaler’s book, titled Iceberg: A Run Across Canada and Back for Alzheimer’s and Breast Cancer, will be an account of the adventure, and he’s asking any locals who helped out with the Clearwater portion of the trip for their perspectives to be incorporated into the book.

“It’s going to be a book about the entire run, but I really want to focus on the people who helped out,” said Dostaler.

“The community of Clearwater I consider home because I was basically born and raised there, so a primary focus for me is to incorporate these people who helped out, how they helped out, and identify that these smaller towns really are the key to Canada.”

Dostaler began his run March 1, 2015, when he set off from Victoria for Cape Spear, Newfoundland and finished when he returned on Oct. 29, 2016, covering more than 27,000 km.

He took on the Alzheimer’s cause out of inspiration from his grandmother and also raised money for breast cancer in honour of one of his former professors.

The money raised stayed in the province, going to the Breast Cancer Foundation of B.C. and the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. and though he couldn’t provide exact figures on how much he raised, he said he’ll reveal the details in his book.

Some of the people whose perspectives he’s looking to share include local students of the schools where he conducted presentations and those he ran with when he passed through Clearwater.

“I want different people’s perspectives than my own. If you sat there and watched one of the school presentations, how did you feel? What did you do about it? Were you one of the students who wrote a question out and did you get a response?,” said Dostaler.

“One student beat me in a race. He physically beat me in a race where I can openly state I gave it my best and he still beat me. These are the kinds of stories I want to mention.”

Dostaler said he expects his book to be completed by the end of the year and anyone who wants to contribute a memory or anecdote can email him at fasteddydostaler@gmail.com.



newsroom@clearwatertimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

Back in Time

Historical Perspective

RV habitation once again a discussion topic for TNRD

“I don’t imagine for a moment that we’ve heard the last of the RV issue”

Man brought up on three charges after holding tow truck driver at knifepoint in Lac la Hache

The suspect produced a knife and held the driver against his will for upwards of 45 minutes

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

RCMP facing ‘systemic sustainability challenges’ due to provincial policing role

Provinces, territories and municipalities pay anywhere from 70 to 90 per cent of the cost of the RCMP’s services

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

B.C. premier says lessons to learn from past racism during response to pandemic

B.C. formally apologized in the legislature chamber in 2008 for its role in the Komagata Maru tragedy

Snowbirds to remain at Kamloops Airport indefinitely after fatal crash

small contingent of the Snowbirds team is staying in Kamloops, acting as stewards of the jets

Oak Bay man stumbles upon eagle hunting seal, grabs camera just in time

The eagle did ‘a perfect butterfly stroke to shore’ with its prey, photographer says

Most Read