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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Cream Puff 5K Race

"You life is your story. Write well, Edit often." - Susan Statham, author

The Wisconsin State Fair is held every year in the beginning of August. One of the chief attractions is the food. One of the favorite foods of fair goers is the cream puff. They are made every year by the Wisconsin Bakers Association. They sell hundreds of thousands of them.

I always have a cream puff when I go to the fair. My mom used to make them as well. They aren't health food, but so good.

So when I found out a cream puff was the post race food for this 5K race I knew I had to sign up.
The course was on the State Fair grounds, meaning it would be mostly flat.

The course included a turn on the Milwaukee Mile, the race track located on the grounds.

The race start was delayed by 15 minutes because so many people were registering.  I would say there were over 1000 racers.

I lined myself up in the middle of the pack.  There was an incline right at the start. Other than that the course was flat.  The grounds are a bit rough with gravel and pot holes. I had to be really careful to be sure I did not turn an ankle.

It was warm but there was three water stops. I had a bit of a delay when I choked on some water. I had to stop and walk for a bit.  I did repeats to keep up my speed. I would run fast for 3 minutes and then take two minutes rest.

I had a great time of 28:48.  Good enough for a top ten finish.

The best part after the post race cream puff, was one woman racer I met after the race. She asked to take my picture.  I was in my Team CMT uniform. CMT runs in her family. I asked her to join the team and she said she would.  When I meet someone like that, it makes all the training worth while.

My next 5K race is going to be a bacon run, with bacon before, during and after the race. I love running for food.


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Champsionship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 213 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

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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