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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Gobble Wobble 5K

"The secret to getting ahead is getting started." -Mark Twain

To me racing on Thanksgiving is a great way to start the day. From the number of races in my area, I am not alone.

There was a really large run at Miller Park, the Brewer stadium. I would be doing a race as part of the Chilly Willy run series.  The Gobble Wobble would be the first race in the series.

The race venue was the Boerner Botanical Garden in Whitnall Park.

It is a beautiful place for the race and the weather was wonderful. It was about 34 F with just a little wind.

It was only one week out from my long distance triathlon race in Miami. I was doing the race because I had to do four of the six races in the series to qualify for series points.

I decided just to run it easy and have a good time. My warm up was even just a few minutes and a few stretches.

When the starter gun goes off, it is hard for me to hold back. There were about 400 runners.  I pushed just a little  bit, but my legs were still tired. I had not quite recovered.

The course had a couple of hills in the park. It was really a great way to start the day. The race went fast compared to the 8 hour ordeal I had the week before.  I talked to a man my age today that cannot race anymore because he has had hip replacement surgery. I realize with every race what a privilege it is to be able to represent Team CMT  as a runner. So many people can't run.  I remember that every time I run and I am thankful.

The results were not ready by the time I had to leave to get to my brothers house for our Thanksgiving meal.  I later found out I had taken first place in my age group. They have put me in the 60-64 age group since I will turn 60 during the series.

I have plenty of finisher medals, but I don't place first that often in a decent size run. I can't think of a better way to kick off Thanksgiving and my off season.


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 Championship.

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 212 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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