The Dani Ryan Holmes-Kirk 4th Annual 30th Birthday 5k Run-Walk Ramble to #FightStroke!

When I turned 30 in September 2012, I wanted to celebrate my birthday in a new and exciting way. I didn't want to go out to dinner with friends and family. I didn't want to host a Happy Hour. I wanted to celebrate my healthier lifestyle and the fact that I would be entering my 30s in the 150s! An amazing feat for a girl who at one point topped the scales in the 230s! With the help of my family, The Dani Ryan Holmes-Kirk 30th Birthday Run-Walk Ramble was born. It was an amazing day that featured folks running or walking the 5k in person AND virtually.

2012 - the first annual

2012 - the first annual

Oh that's right! There were printable race bibs and Finisher's Medals for all.

What did I ask in return? A $25 donation be made to Tedy's Team and the American Stroke Association.

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.

In the past three years I have been lucky enough to call Tedy's Team family. I have run three Boston Marathons (2013, 2014, 2015), the Rock 'n' Roll Nashville marathon (2014) and Falmouth Road Race (2014, 2015) with an amazingly motivating and inspiring group of people. Along the way my friends, family, blog readers and online community have helped me raise


to help #FightStroke so far.

i've hosted 7 virtual races in honor of tedy's team!

i've hosted 7 virtual races in honor of tedy's team!

I starting running in honor of my Stroke Heroes - my grandparents - but through this journey, this blog and Tedy's Team it has become so much more. I run, sweat, train and fundraise for all those affected by Stroke.

My #1 Stroke Hero - my Gramma!

My #1 Stroke Hero - my Gramma!

In regards to the fundraising, I would LOVE to hit the $25,000 raised benchmark by my birthday (September 16)!! I am $1,175 away from that AMAZING milestone.

Here's the latest opportunity to help... register for The Dani Ryan Holmes-Kirk 4th Annual 30th Birthday (Virtual) 5k Run-Walk Ramble!!!

A virtual run-walk means you do the 5k (3.1 mile) “race” at your leisure during the month of September (anytime during the month)!! You can also bike this 5k if that is more comfortable for you. You can complete the 5k over multiple days if that is easier to fit into your schedule.

Print of your official race bib, map out your route, get your friends together or jump on the old trusty treadmill/bike. 

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.

Now 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, where all proceeds go to Tedy's Team to #FightStroke.

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

1) Please register here. (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 run, walk or bike whenever you like during the month of September.

3) Once you complete the race please send me a photo of yourself and your time to

4) HAVE FUN!! :) :) 

Finisher's Medal

Downloadable Bib



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:


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:

Please Note: I will be running a 5k with the Slumbrew Happy Soles on my birthday September 16 at the Brewery (7pm) as well as on September 20 at American Fresh (11am) if you want to complete your virtual 5k with me in person! :)