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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Beer Garden 5K Lake Park - Last Call

"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end." - Ernest Hemingway

I ran the last race in the Beer Garden 5 K in Milwaukee on August 3rd. This four race series has been following the mobile beer garden around to local Milwaukee Parks.

The courses have all been within county parks and finish near the beer garden. Every finisher gets a nice pint glass and either beer or root beer made by the local Sprecher Brewery.

The race almost didn't happen. Thunderstorms were predicted for race time. As I drove home from work I had to pull over because it was raining so hard I could not see to drive.    The decision time for the race was set for 5 pm.  The skies cleared and the race was on.

I got to the park just after 5 pm for the 6:30 start.  I knew parking would be limited at the finish and I wanted to get a good spot. I always to a bike workout before I race to fill the time.  As I was getting back from my ride, I saw race volunteer Jeff Crosby. He hands out the medals after every race. When I mentioned I won 3rd in my age group at the last race but did not stay for the medal ceremony, he went to his car and got my medal.

The race was pretty uneventful.  The first 1/4 mile was on grass, which is dicey for me. There were lots of dips and uneven ground, but I got over it without turning an ankle. The course was pretty much the one I had run for the 5K Super Run in June. A nice down hill, a couple of miles along the bike path next to Lake Michigan and then up the giant hill by St. Mary's hospital.

I finished in a time of 29:39 and 3rd place in my age group. About a month ago, I decided to get serious about my running. I made a few changes to my running program. The result has been three 3rd place finishes in the last month.  See this success has been a nice way to finish off this race series.


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 215 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway, Sweden and Ireland. 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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