A local athlete will aim to raise awareness about a disease that "never sleeps" when he races in a 24-hour, 100-mile team relay this weekend — solo.
Dan Moy, owner of Beach Cities Auto Collision in Laguna Beach, who devoted 12 years of his youth to international adventure racing — including a 150-mile, marathon-a-day trek through the Sahara in which he carried all of his "backpacking" gear — will show his support for the American Cancer Society at the Relay for Life event from 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday at El Morro Elementary School.
Moy, who recently lost his soon-to-be father in law to cancer and whose fiancée, Angela, won her fight against breast cancer, said he felt inspired to support the event even though he hasn't trained or taken part in a race in more than two years.
"I'm going into this unprepared, and it'll no doubt be painful," he said. "But, a cancer patient goes into their battle against cancer without warning, and the pain doesn't stop. My lack of training, in a sense, is symbolic."