Uta's fitness, health, running related and selected speaking & charity events
As a 13-year-old, Uta took up running and became a member of the sports club “TSG Blau-Weiβ Petershagen.” Together with a group of other kids, aged 8 to 18, she began training three times a week and she quickly developed a life-long love for this sport. This year, she has the opportunity to train a new generation of runners at her beloved club—on the track where her career was born.
Kids Training Session
Uta will take the 8- to 13-year-old kids through a typical running-yoga session, which will include a warm-up, practicing running techniques, stretching with yoga elements for kids, and the ABC of running. At the end of her time with the girls and boys, she looks forward to playing a few fun running games.
Youth Training Session
In addition to a hands-on training session with the youth group, she plans to talk with the 14- to 18-year-olds about what running can mean to each of them. She will also discuss in depth the value of sleep, relaxation, nutrition, and yoga in the sport of running.In Uta’s article “Benefits of Exercise for Children,” you can read more about how exercise can lead to a lifetime of happy and healthy living.
For more information please visit www.Blau-Weiss-Leichtathletik.de
- 7:45 am Race Registration
- 9:25 am Kids 200m
- 9:30 am Students 4.1K
- 9:45 am 4.1K for Youth and Adults
- 10:30 am 9.2K Men’s Race
The main 9.2K run, as well as the Nordic walking and kids’ events, start near the Straussee lake—Fichteplatz/August-Bebel-Straße, 15344 Strausberg. The starting line of the 4.1K race is located on the other side of the lake. Transportation to this point will be provided by a ferry.
The “Strausseelauf” race was first run in November 1924 and was won by Albert Klawitter in 37:12 minutes. Fast forward to 1982, and as a 17-year-old Uta won the first of her four Strausseelauf victories. Six years later, she set the still-standing course record of 32:20 minutes. This year—the 78th edition of the event—Uta looks forward to returning to her running roots and will join hundreds of participants of all ages and abilities. The race is very dear to Uta, she says, and she hopes to enjoy an easy jog after a long injury. “It is a memorable part of my younger life,” she explains. “I grew up in Petershagen, not far from Strausberg, so I connect the Strausseelauf with memories of my childhood and youth, the beautiful landscapes of the state of Brandenburg, and the many nice people I met there. All this makes the Strausseelauf very special for me.”
The events include a 200m race for kids, a 4.1K competition for students as well as 4.1K and 9.2K runs for the youth and adults, and the option to participate as a Nordic walker. The race is followed by an awards ceremony, entertainments, and refreshments. We invite you to join us for a fun and active morning in Strausberg’s wonderful autumn weather.
For more information please visit www.Strausseelauf.de
- 12:00 pm (race registration begins at 10:30 am)
In front of the Alcott Elementary School—93 Laurel Street, Concord, MA 01742.
Uta has been supporting Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House and its annual 5K/10K Run and 5K Walk since 2006 and invites you to join her at the 9th edition of this wonderful fundraising event. Every year, Uta—the race’s Honorary Chair—looks forward to running the 5K through the town of Concord, with all its beautiful historical buildings, and thanks her fellow runners and walkers for their amazing support over the past nine years.
Frederick Llewellyn Willis described his cousin Louisa May Alcott—legendary author of “Little Women”—as follows: “She could run like a gazelle. She was the most beautiful girl runner I ever saw.” Please consider stepping into the footsteps of Louisa May Alcott—truly one of the first running girls. With your support of the historic house museum, her inspiration and her memory will stay alive for many others to enjoy.
This FUNdraising event is open to runners, walkers, “strollercisers,” and wheelchair athletes of all abilities. And the day includes fantastic entertainment for young and old—filled with music, “Living History” portrayers, and 19th century games. As usual, Uta is excited to meet new and old friends, including those from the Hoyt Foundation, who will be with her at the starting line. We look forward to seeing you in Massachusetts.
For more information please www.LouisaMayAlcott.org
- 7:00 am to 8:00 am
Beaver Creek Resort Elk Lot (located east of U.S. Highway 6), Avon, CO 81620.
Uta and Michael Reger, the co-founders of the Take The Magic Step Foundation, will once again take part in the exciting Colorado-Eagle River Ride, which leads participants through parts of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. This FUNdraiser is organized by our cherished charity partner SOS Outreach, a wonderful nonprofit program that every year helps 5,000 children between 8 and 18 to a healthier and better life through outdoor activities and mentor programs.
If you are in Colorado, perhaps you would like to join us in this great cause. The River Ride offers routes for riders of many abilities: a 102-mile loop beginning and ending at the Beaver Creek Resort, a 68-mile route from the Beaver Creek Resort to Dotsero, and a 42-mile route from the Beaver Creek Resort to Eagle and back. And you will be well taken care of along the way: the ride provides aid stations with bike repair assistance, SAG vehicles as well as bus services—and there is a fantastic after-ride party at the Dusty Boot in the picturesque Beaver Creek Village.The SOS Outreach family along with Uta and Michael look forward to welcoming you in Vail Valley.
For more information please visit www.SOSOutreach.com/Colorado-Eagle-River-Ride
- 7:53 am Wheelchair Division, 8:00 am First Wave
In front of the Bellin Hospital, immediately south of the skywalk—774 South Webster Avenue, Green Bay, WI 54305.
2014 marks Uta’s 18th participation in the Bellin Run, Wisconsin’s largest running event. Together with thousands of other running enthusiasts of all ages and abilities from the Northeast-Wisconsin area and the Upper Peninsula, she will once again take to the roads of Green Bay. She feels incredibly honored to have been invited back to this extraordinary community event. And as in previous years, she will be running for her team sponsor Krueger International. She is looking forward to another celebration of running filled with joy on happy trails.
The Bellin Run not only provides a fun, sporty weekend for its participants, it also aims to give back to the community. Three of the programs it supports are: Thrive!, which seeks to better the health of school-aged children in the Green Bay area; the Cancer TEAM at Bellin Health, which provides state-of-the-art treatments and a patient assistance fund to its patients; and myTEAM TRIUMPH, inspired by Uta’s longtime friends, father-and-son wheelchair racers Dick and Rick Hoyt. This organization gives disabled children, teens, and adults the opportunity to take part in the Bellin Run with the help of “angels.”
Awards Ceremony: 10:30 am—Astor Park, located at the corner of Clay and Porlier streets.
After the race, an awards ceremony will be held and certificates presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each 10K running division. Uta will also be available to sign autographs.
For more information please visit www.BellinRun.com
- 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Astor Park, located at the corner of Clay and Porlier streets—Green Bay, WI 54301.
All proceeds of the Spaghetti Dinner as well as part of the race-registration fees will benefit the Bellin College.
Autograph Session with Uta and the other invited athletes: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Astor Park.
The Dick Lytie Children’s Run & Fun Event for kids aged 10 and younger will also be held in the evening at Astor Park; starting time for the first of four half-mile races is 6:00 pm on Roosevelt Street. “Every kid is a winner!” and will get a T-shirt, an award, and a gift. This evening is an event for the entire family with inflatables, entertainment, and treats waiting as the next generation of Bellin Runners crosses the finish line.
For more information please visit www.BellinRun.com
Uta has been invited by the Bellin Run’s gold sponsor, Krueger International, to conduct her fun-oriented clinic “Running To Freedom™”—one of her signature training sessions—for its corporate team. Two days before the race, the team and Uta will explore the running technique, the special concept of periodization, and how to maximize training by “running relaxed.” This clinic, suitable for all levels of runners, will be followed by an introduction to Uta’s yoga program, which is specially designed for runners.
Uta will also answer any last-minute questions about possible race strategies and will pass on tips and inspiration to make the Bellin Run a success for all the members of the KI team.
KI is an innovative furniture and interior design company in Green Bay, committed to sustainability and to “Impact less.”
For more information please visit www.KI.com
- 6:55 am Wheelchair Division, 7:00 am First Wave, 11:13 am Elite Women, 11:24 am Elite Men
The popular BolderBOULDER 10K will start near the intersection of 30th Street and Walnut Street, in Boulder, CO 80303 and run through a large part of the city to finish at the Folsom Stadium of the University of Colorado, 2400 Colorado Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302.
The BolderBOULDER, held at 5,430 feet above sea level, attracts more than 50,000 runners, joggers, walkers, and wheelchair athletes every year. Some even join this 6.2 mile-long running party dressed up in a variety of costumes. Uta will once more be at the starting line of this fun run through her fitness-loving hometown that has become a Memorial Day tradition. She looks forward to meeting the many old and new running friends she has made since she first participated in 1990—when she placed second behind Portuguese marathon great Rosa Mota.
If you would like to experience the Boulder 10K as a runner or walker—as well as the fantastic entertainment and spectators along the course—the organizers will let you register until 9:00 am on race day. And once you cross the finish line in Folsom Stadium you can stay to watch the always-exciting competition between the elite runners in the International Team Challenge.
For more information please visit www.BolderBOULDER.com
- 8:45 am to 11:00 am
Columbine Elementary School, 3130 Repplier Drive, Boulder, CO 80304.
Supporting the children of Columbine Elementary School at their Mile Marathon has become a tradition for Uta and many other elite athletes as they prepare for their participation in the BolderBOULDER 10K race a few days later. Uta has been devoted to this fun-filled one-mile run for many years, so seeing the children once again and sharing with them her love for running is very important to her.
Before the race, at 8:45 am, the elementary schoolchildren will parade—each carrying a pair of shoes that will be donated to One World Running, an international program that provides running shoes to those in need.Come and help us cheer on the 550 excited elementary school kids during their big race day alongside their family, friends, and the members of their community!
Uta first met the STRIVERS girls in April, shortly after the 118th Boston Marathon. She enjoyed her time with these outstanding young athletes so much that she decided to fly to Boston to run with them in their 1st annual Mother’s Day 5K, a race for runners and walkers of all ages. She cannot wait to be with them as they make their way around Natick’s Dug Pond after weeks of dedicated training.
The STRIVERS Running Club for Girls encourages its members to be involved in their community and this shows in the 5K race. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Natick’s “Embrace a Family,” an initiative that lends support to families that are affected by cancer.
For more information please visit WomenRunWithStrivers.com
Uta started running when she had just turned 13 years old, and it was the beginning of a lifelong love of the sport. With so many special memories from her youth in mind, she looks forward to spend time with STRIVERS girls. She will talk with the young athletes about taking the magic step towards a life filled with fitness, health, and happiness. And, as she helps the fourth through sixth grade girls train for their upcoming 5K, she will share her memories and hopes to inspire them to reach for their own dreams.
The STRIVERS Running Club for Girls not only prepares young runners for their first 5K, but the coaches also aim to instill confidence, self-esteem, and leadership skills. The girls are also encouraged to be involved in their community.
For more information please visit STRIVERSRunningClub.com
- 9:00 am Mobility Impaired, 9:17 am Push-Rim Wheelchair Division, 9:22 am Handcycles, 9:32 am Elite Women, 10:00 am Elite Men and First Wave
The point-to-point course of the Boston Marathon will begin at the Doughboy statue on East Main Street (near Ash Street) in Hopkinton, MA 01748. The finish line is in front of the Boston Public Library—700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116.
The world’s oldest annual marathon, held on Patriots’ Day, welcomes back the running community one year after the tragic events in Boston. More than 30,000 runners, hundreds of thousands of spectators, and a host of dedicated volunteers will return to Boston to show their support for the victims, the survivors, and their family and friends. Among the thousands of devoted charity runners at the starting line will be the members of the Hoyt Foundation Team.
Uta is excited to support the courageous runners of the Hoyt Foundation team during the Boston Marathon weekend. After the runners make their way through the famous 26.2-mile course leading them past eight towns and cities, Uta will welcome the members of the Hoyt Foundation and many other runners. It will be a time of celebration, with heartfelt embraces and congratulations on their success. Come and cheer on the marathoners with us!
Boston Marathon World Run—Uta Is an Ambassador for this Fundraiser for the One Fund
Time: From now until the Boston Marathon.
Location: Online and anywhere you would like to run.
Uta has been named an ambassador for the inaugural Boston Marathon World Run, joining marathon greats Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Robert de Castella, Desiree Davila Linden, Shalane Flanagan, and Ryan Hall, as well as John Hancock’s Brenna McCarthy. Initiated by the Boston Athletic Association, John Hancock, and Manulife Financial, this virtual run aims to raise money for the One Fund to benefit those who were affected by the tragedy last year.
For more information please visit www.BAA.org/Races/Boston-Marathon.aspx
- Details will be announced.
The Boston Marriott Copley Place, Grand Ballroom—4th Floor, 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116.
Uta has been a devoted supporter of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge and its causes since 1998 and has spoken to the DFMC runners during their annual pasta party almost every single year since then. This year, Uta will once again be a guest speaker and introduces the participants of the DFMC Patient and In-Memory Partner Program, which honors children treated at the cancer institute and those who are running on their behalf.
She is excited about the opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the DFMC with them and looks forward to extending her heartfelt gratitude to the extraordinary DFMC athletes who are raising money, all of which will benefit the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The hundreds of runners of the 2014 DFMC team are striving to raise an incredible $5.3 million this year. Since the DFMC first participated in the Boston Marathon’s official charity program in 1990, their charity runners have raised more than $61 million.
This year will mark Uta’s fourth start at the Boston Athletic Association’s 5K, a run she enjoys tremendously. The race began in 2009 with 4,006 participants, and this fun event during the exciting Boston Marathon weekend has grown to 10,000 registered starters—many of them using it as a nice warm-up for their marathon upcoming race two days later. On the new loop course, starting and finishing in between the Boston Common—one of the oldest parks in the United States—and the Boston Public Garden, the runners cross the Boston Marathon finish line and get to experience marathon fever in Beantown for themselves. Uta cannot wait to enjoy this beautiful event with her fellow runners, including her friends of the Hoyt Foundation, the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training.
If you, too, would like to participate in a 5K, you can find out how to start with the help of Uta’s 5K training schedule here on our Website. We look forward to seeing you on the roads!
For more information please visit www.BAA.org/Races/5K.aspx
Uta will speak to the members of the Team In Training program, who are excited about their upcoming participation at the Boston Marathon. She is looking forward to extending her appreciation and thanks to these extraordinary volunteers who are raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And she will use the opportunity pass on a few of the well-tried marathon tips she used when she won in Boston three times in the 90s.
The Team In Training program started in 1988 and has raised more than $1.4 billion for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society thanks to the dedication of more than 600,000 volunteers. This year, the team members participating at the Boston Marathon have a goal of above $1 million. The society’s mission is to “cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.”
- 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sheraton Boston Hotel, Prudential Center, Commonwealth Room—3rd floor, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199.
Uta has supported Dick and Rick Hoyt—the inspirational father-and-son wheelchair team—as well as the runners of the Hoyt Foundation since 2008. This year will mark the seventh year of a wonderful and fruitful friendship and collaboration. Two days before the Boston Marathon, the Hoyt Foundation’s charity runners come together by invitation of their sponsor, John Hancock, for their annual pasta dinner. As the team’s coach, Uta looks forward to the opportunity to meet new and old friends. She once again will speak to the team to offer not only her support to the runners and their families and friends at the banquet but also to provide the athletes with some last-minute tips.
As well as training hard for the marathon, the charity runners also devote themselves to raising funds—with a goal this year of $200,000. Every penny of the proceeds will benefit the Hoyt Foundation, established by Dick and Rick, and its charitable work. The team members, who raised the most funds, will be recognized and receive awards for their commitment.
John Hancock, which has been sponsoring the Boston Marathon since 1986, will host its annual press conference three days prior to the 118th edition of the prestigious race. This year’s elite athletes will be introduced, and Uta, Dick and Rick Hoyt, as well as other past champions, will be present. Among the 2014 elite athletes is last year’s champion, Lelisa Desisa. Also at the starting line will be the American stars Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, and Abdi Abdirahman as well as Desiree Davila Linden, and Shalane Flanagan.
Uta, who will be participating in the 5K on Saturday morning, looks forward to meeting old and new marathon friends, sharing her Boston Marathon memories and having the opportunity to wish the competing runners all the best for their race. In April, you will find a preview of the men’s and women’s elite races at the Boston Marathon in the “Running Stories” section of our Website.
For more information please visit www.BAA.org/Races/Boston-Marathon.aspx