3-time cancer survivor to run first Rock 'n' Roll marathon

Moon Fahel, 81, to run his first full marathon at Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

SAN ANTONIO – An 81-year-old San Antonio man is getting ready to run his first full marathon at Sunday's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.

Moon Fahel, 81, is no stranger to long-distance running. He ran his first marathon last year with his 23-year-old grandson by his side.

"He surprised me with the great honor of my life by deciding to come and run with me," said Fahel. "So, he did and we finished in 2 hours, 19 minutes and 57 seconds."

And when Fahel crosses the finish line this year, he will do it as a three-time cancer survivor.

He was first diagnosed in 2012 with prostate cancer, then in 2013 with thyroid cancer and just this past September, he had to have a cancerous mass removed from his thigh, but through it all, he never gave up.

"The reason I want to run the marathon this year is really not to be a hero, but as tribute to my family who supported me throughout my entire struggle in the past three years," Fahel said. "And, I promise to dedicate the run to them and I hope I can make it."

Amie Jurica, Moon's daughter, said they are all proud of their father.

"We all think he's amazing, and, it was awesome growing up with such a wonderful role model and it's been a great honor and opportunity to share his story and have other people see how amazing he is," said Jurica. "He's an inspiration to everyone who either comes in contact with him or learns of his running and his experience."

Fahel said he's run a total of 60 miles in November with his last long run at 20 miles.

"We think that we are ready," said Fahel. "And, we are beginning to load on carbs, get some rest and we hope that come Sunday that we will be up to the task."

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