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Monday, February 5, 2018

USAT Ambassador



I am pleased to say I was recently named as a USA Triathlon Ambassador.  There were 40 selected from a field of over 3300 former Team USA age group athletes.

Four were selected from the state of Wisconsin which reflects how popular triathlon is in my state.
It was a fairly rigorous process. I had to fill out a multi page application detailing my multi-sport experience and my personal story. I also had to submit two letters of recommendation and a video.  My co-worker,  Steve Brown did the video when we were on a business trip.  Thanks to Alison Moore CEO of the HNF and Joy DeCaro for submitting letters for me. I am so thankful for their support.

My job will be to do at least three speaking engagements throughout the year and to support multi-sport athletes in the Milwaukee area.  Part of the speech will be to tell my own personal story, so I will get a chance to raise awareness of CMT.

I've got lots of ideas and have already started working with the other two ambassadors in the Milwaukee area.   All three of us belong to Tri Wisconsin and the Badgerland Strider's.

I am really excited about meeting them and bringing new athletes into the sport.

USAT has been so supportive of me as a para-triathlete. I want to give back to the sport that has given so much to me.

Triathlon is the only support that allows para-triathletes to compete at the grassroots level. There are also so many opportunities to compete in National and World Championships.  I was so proud to cross the finish line at the World Championships waving the American flag.  It will be a great feeling to help others get there as well.

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

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:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

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 39 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; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

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.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Follow CMT Author Chris Steinke
https://cmtandmesite.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/what-is-charcot-marie-tooth-disease/


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