A long, purple journey

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

On August 16, 2001 two memorable events happened in Chuck Aron’s life. That morning, he lost his brother-in-law , Paul Bracken, to Early-Onset Alzheimer’s and that evening he ran his first Race Judicata.
“Race Judicata is very close to me,” Chuck told us. “That’s why I never miss it.”
In the interim years, Chuck took up running again, something he had stopped doing after running two marathons over six weeks in 1978 led to knee surgery. He began running in Paul’s honor, raising thousands of dollars for the Alzheimer’s Association over the years.
This year Chuck turned 70, just a few weeks before Paul would have turned 73. To mark the occasion, Chuck will run 73 races in one year, all the while raising money to support Alzheimer’s research. Race Judicata was number 67 on the calendar.
Chuck wore a purple tutu when he ran the Esprit De She, a women’s-focused half marathon where Chuck was the featured male runner. To up the ante, he dyed his hair purple and wore the purple tutu in this year’s Race Judicata® after meeting his goal of raising $7500 for Alzheimer’s research before race day.
Chuck received CVLS’ Distinguished Service award for his volunteer efforts with CVLS, in 1998. For more information about Chuck’s efforts to raise money for Alzheimer’s research, visit www.73for70.com.