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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Team CMT in Madison

On May 29th four members of Team CMT particpated in the Madison Marathon and Half Marathon.

Kevin Klein the newest member of Team CMT ran the half in 1 hour and 57 minutes and 59 seconds.  He closely followed teammate Cheryl Monnat pictured on the right, who finished at 1:57:14.  Cheryl won her age group just three weeks earlier at the Door County half.  The field and course were much tougher.   Winning time for the 50-54 age group was 1:30.

Team CMT member Kathy Stultz (not pictured) also ran her first race for the team. She finished in 2 hours and 27 seconds.

Team Manager Chris Wodke took on the full marathon course.   She finished the highest in her age group of anyone on the team, even though she had a rough day finishing in 4:51.  It was a very hilly course on a humid day. It rained for part of the day.  Congradulations to all the Team CMT members that particpated and finished the race. We are not the fastest group, but we are dedicated. I also qualified time wise for the moblity impaired division of the Boston Marathon. Now I just have to sweat out the application process like everyone else.

A number of Team CMT members will be running half marathons in the next month. Gary Krukar will be running the Fort Atkinson Half marathon on June 18th.  Team CMT members Cheryl Monnat, Chris Wodke, Gary Krukar, Kathy Stultz and Kevin Klein will be running the Rock and Sole Summerfest Half Marathon on  July 10th. The run will go be run in both directions on the Hoan Bridge. There is also a 10K event if you would like to join us.  I will just be coming off recovery from the marathon, so will see how the legs feel on race day.  You can check out Team CMT at

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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