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An interactive website for active CMT advocates.
TEAM CMT founder, Chris Wodke, is always on the move
All you have to know about Chris Wodke's determination to find a cure for Charcot-
Marie-Tooth (CMT) is to learn about a life-changing moment in her life.
"When I was in graduate school for engineering I had to take a Thermodynamics
class that required mathematically solving the laws of the physical science and its
affect on material bodies. We were presented pages upon pages of equations, which
had to be dissected to prove theories for our homework.
"Also part of the class requirement was to meet with the class professor each week to
review our assignments. One day he said to me, 'Christine you get so close to solving
the problem, but then you quit.'
"I have never forgotten that comment. Whether it is finishing a race or solving a
problem at work, I make sure I don't give up too soon. I always remember his words
when things get tough and I want to quit. I might be really close to the solution or the
end of the race and his words keep me moving toward solutions."
A Milwaukee native, who was diagnosed in 2010 with CMT, the 55-year-old Wodke
not only puts many Baby Boomer women to shame with her physical fitness, but she
maintains it all while fighting side-effects of CMT that include structural and muscular
challenges that include bouts of tripping, burning sensations in her feet and atrophy.
One of seven children and two with CMT, the We Energies engineer stops at nothing to make people aware of the
disease while putting her best feet forward whether she's running in Iceland or kayaking in New Zealand, her favorite
place to travel.
Wodke's accomplilshed too major goals in 2012. She placed 2nd in the Mobility Impaired divison of the Boston
Marathon and finished 1st in the Physically Challenged Open Division of the Paratriathlon National Sprint
Championship in Austin Texas. She placed 2nd in the same race in 2013. She was on the Boston course in 2013 when
the bombs exploded.
Although she tires easily from effects of CMT, you'll seldom hear her complain or use it as an excuse.
"If I can't make keep a date with friends, I'll tell them anything except I am tired," Wodke said. "I'm not sure they would
understand and really, didn't know myself until I was diagnosed last the exhaustion I often feel is due to the CMT.
Sometimes I push through it."
She will return to Boston in 2014 and also hopes to classify into the T3 category this year at the 2014 Paratriathlon
National Sprint Championships in Tempe Arizona. The classification system is being redone and this times she hopes
she will be accepted. Her current triathlon times would make her a serious contender for a National Championship.
Her ultimate goal is the Paralympics in Rio in 2016.
2nd place finish Mobility Impaired Division 2012 Boston Marathon
1st place Physically Challenged Open Division Para-triathlon National Sprint Championship/Cap Tex Tri Austin Texas
2nd place Physically Challenged Open Division Para-triathlon National Sprint Championship/Cap Tex Tri Austin Texas
Midwest Regional Female Paratriatlon Champion, Omaha Nebraska 2013
-Raised $10,000 with 2012 Boston Marathon run for Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation.
-Founder & Manager of Team CMT- a group of 144 athletes in 27 states, Canada, Finland, Austrailia, Vietnam, Turkey
and Iran, working to raise awareness and research funds for Charcot Marie Tooth Disorder.
We run for those who can’t.
Most people with CMT can’t run and struggle with everyday tasks like buttoning buttons, opening jars and walking. I
was told more than once that someone with CMT can’t run or should not exercise too hard. We have 20 members of
Team CMT affected by this disorder. They bike, run, walk and do triathlons for those that can’t. I am proud to be the
team founder and leader. Team members run for family and friends affected by CMT.
Short Term Goals
2014 Boston Marathon and raise $10,000 for CMT research
Classify into T3 at 2014 Paratriathlon Sprint Championship in Tempe
Grow Team CMT to 200 members
Be the best trained athlete possible within the limits of my CMT
Raise awareness of CMT by competing in events, then getting media coverage.
Long Term Goals
Keep competing (CMT may take that away from me)
National Para-triathlon Sprint Championship
Compete at Para-triathlon World Championship
Para-Olympics in Rio in 2016
Have a fund raising arm of Team CMT with athletes competing at triathlons and marathons. (Similar to Leukemia
March 6, 2012 WTMJ-TV interview with Chris: Click Here!
Photo: Tom Held
Boston - Finished! (2012)
Boston - Finished! (2014)
Team USA Patco Dallas