F.A.S.T. Virtual 5k&10k: July 27-August 10

The F.A.S.T. (Fighting Against Stroke Together) Virtual 5k & 10k registration is HERE!!

Some of you may be asking what the heck the F.A.S.T. 5k & 10k is. Well it is a virtual race.

This will be the fifth virtual race I will be hosting … and first to offer a 10k option!! The first four have combined to raise over $4,200. AH-may-zing!

Here are the details:

A virtual run or walk means you do the 5k (3.1 mile) or 10k (6.2 mile) “race” at your leisure between July 27 and August 10. Map out your own route, get your friends together or jump on the old trusty treadmill. Your call.

This “race” is open to anyone – all over the world.

I will provide a race bib that you can print out and fix to your shirt (if you want).

EVERYONE that completes the “race” will receive a Finisher’s Medal in the mail from me. YAY! How cool is that? I know one of my favorite parts.

But you may be asking: “Dani! How much will this fun cost me?” or “What is my entry fee going to?”

Well, each participant will be making a $25 donation. The proceeds raised will be going towards Tedy’s Team and the American Stroke Association. In the past two years, I’ve raised over $15,500 to help fight Stroke and raise awareness.


2014 Boston Marathon

For those that don’t know, I have now run the Boston Marathon twice and Nashville Marathon once with Tedy’s Team.

Tedy asked the American Stroke Association to work with him to create “Tedy’s Team,” a group of runners raising money for the American Stroke Association and training to complete the Boston Marathon® and the Falmouth Road Race.  Their participation supports Tedy Bruschi’s fight against stroke and honors both the survivors and the loved ones lost to America’s No. 4 leading cause of death.

In addition to the dollars being raised, an equally important issue for Tedy’s Team is the increase in awareness of stroke and recognition of its warning signs. Tedy’s Team is striving to reach as many people as possible in its message of recognizing the warning signs and acting appropriate when seeing them — calling 9-1-1 immediately.

I run in honor of my Stroke Heroes, my grandparents. Unfortunately in December 2012, my grampa passed away during the training for the 2013 Boston Marathon. But, I feel as if he was looking down on me on April 15, 2013 and he helped me cross that Finish line at the right time.

So if you are ready to help me Fight Stroke then check out the directions to sign up below!


If you would like to take part in the run or walk:

1) Please register. (Make sure you are providing an accurate mailing address because that is where I will send the medal.)

2) You can complete the 3.1 mile or 6.2 mile run or walk whenever you like from July 27-August 10.

3) Once you complete the race please send me a photo of yourself and your time to dani@weightoffmyshoulders.com



Finisher’s Medal



Download Your Race Bib Here!


Click To download and print bibs (PDF File)


Thank you all for continuing to support me and help raise awareness for Stroke. Please be sure you know the warning signs of a Stroke (courtesy American Stroke Association):


F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you can spot the signs, you’ll know that you need to call 9-1-1 for help right away. F.A.S.T. is:

F.A.S.T. Letter F Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
F.A.S.T. Letter A Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
F.A.S.T. Letter S Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
F.A.S.T. Letter T Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.