Megan Golden | June 17, 2017
“Embrace the challenge and embrace the moment because when this is all done, that’s what you’re going to miss. The angst and the nervousness -- that’s what you’ll miss. That’s really what makes us feel alive is embracing the challenges we see every day in the week that we see. That’s what makes us human.”
Dr. Chuck Aragon offered advice in a text message to two of his daughters, whom he would watch compete in the 1,500m final at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships later that afternoon at Oregon’s Hayward Field. Chuck graduated from Notre Dame in 1981 after running the first sub-four-minute mile in Irish men’s track history.
Graduate student Danielle Aragon and Stanford freshman Christina Aragon received the same message, which included eight tips for success.
“‘I know that throughout the years I’ve given you this advice, but I feel inclined to do it again. Don’t let the race dictate where you start off. You decide where you want to be and have people fill in around you. You don’t want the race to dictate where you end up the first two laps. Pay attention to the video boards up there to get information on what’s going on behind you and where you’re at.’”
Currently an anesthesiologist, Chuck resides in Billings, Montana, and travels with his family to follow his daughters’ cross country and track careers as closely as possible. This past weekend, Chuck traveled with his wife Kathy, his mother Luge, and his eldest daughter and Notre Dame’s 3,000m Steeplechase school record-holder Alexa Aragon (‘14).