2016 W100K Rider
2014 W100K Rider
Sergeant Major Chris Demars was raised in Massachusetts and graduated from Turners Falls High School in 1987. After enrolling in college, he realized he to join the military and joined the Army National Guard in 1988 as an Infantryman. Over his 29-year career in the military, Chris served in several different capacities: recruiter, combat engineer, and infantry.
He volunteered for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2005 and served as an Embedded Tactical Trainer in Afghanistan. Chris deployed again in 2011 and was wounded twice within 10 days, the second time by a suicide bomber who detonated himself near Chris on a motorcycle. He was evacuated back to the United States as he sustained a traumatic brain injury, paralysis of his right eye pupil, both eardrums were blown out, he had flash burns on his face, his teeth were knocked out, vertebra broken, there were shrapnel wounds to his legs and right hand, his left leg was broken and needed a bone graph to heal, there was nerve damage to both legs, and he had a femoral vein tear.
Chris received two Bronze Stars for Service, two Purple Hearts, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, and the Combat Infantry Badge for his two tours in Afghanistan. Roughly two years after his injury while still recuperating, a friend took Chris on his first mountain bike ride, and he was hooked. Within a year, Chris started racing at the lowest level, and a year later he moved up to the Sport Class.
Being a member of Team 43 has provided him with some new friendships and he says it’s nice to be able to keep up with them. “We have been there to help with emotional support and encouragement when bad things happen in our lives.”
Chris earned his Bachelors degree in Project Management while still on active duty. He retired in 2015 and during his transitional leave, Chris was hired at his local community college as the Career/Affair’s Veterans Counselor. He now works to help veterans who are transitioning from the military as they enroll in college.
MSG Demars enjoys his summer vacations with friends and family members RV Camping in Maine. He is married to his wife Terri, and has a son, Zach, and stepson, Kyle.