Uta's fitness, health, running related and selected speaking & charity events
- 12:00 pm 10K and 2x5K Relay
- 12:10 pm 800m Kids Run
The race will start and end in front of the beautiful Schloss Charlottenburg — Spandauer Damm 10-22, 14059 Berlin.
Uta will conclude her Autumn stay in Berlin at the exciting 8th edition of the ASICS Grand 10K. The event offers runners a great course that takes them past landmarks such as the Victory Column and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and goes right through the famous Berlin Zoo. Last year, a record 7,389 runners participated in wonderful fall weather, and we hope to see you, too, on the road for the 2015 edition!
Uta once said, “the joy of running always has inspired me, and I wanted to share my excitement and make the spectators a part of the joy I was feeling.” With this joy in her heart, she looks forward to cheering on her fellow runners and connecting with old and new friends she meets along the way.
For more information please visit www.Berlin-Laeuft.de/Asics-Grand-10-Berlin
- 7:45 am Race Registration
- 9:25 am Kids 400m
- 9:30 am Students 4.1K
- 9:45 am 4.1K for Youth and Adults
- 10:30 am 9.2K Men’s Race
- 10:45 am 9.2K Women’s Race and Nordic Walking
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 is a local tradition with roots dating back to November 1924, and Uta first took part in it in 1982. She went on to win the event four times and is still the course record-holder with her time of 32:20 minutes, set in 1988. Last year, Uta returned to the race that holds a special place in her heart. She jogged with hundreds of participants of all ages and abilities and will join them again this year to celebrate fitness and health on beautiful autumn trails.
The event, one race of a three-part swim, bike, and run series held in Strausberg from July through October, includes a 400m race for little kids and 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. Come and join us!
For more information about the race please visit www.Strausseelauf.de and for Uta’s Insights from the event please see “‘Strausseelauf’—On Autumn Trails to Memories of my Childhood and Youth.”
- Start of the BMW Berlin Marathon on September 27: 8:35 am Wheelchair Competitors, 8:43 am Hand Cyclists, 9:00 am Runners and Power Walker
The marathon will start and end on the boulevard Straße des 17. Juni (between the Brandenburg Gate and “Kleiner Stern“)—10785 Berlin.
On September 30, 1990, Uta ran to victory at the “Reunification Marathon,” taking to the streets of Berlin with 25,000 other runners on a course routed from West Berlin through the Brandenburg Gate into East Berlin. Three days later, the historic reunification of East and West Germany took place. This year, Uta has been invited back to Berlin to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this memorable event, and she looks forward to an exciting time in Berlin.
Some of Uta’s appearances in Berlin:
- BMW Berlin Marathon press conference, starting at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 24, Hotel Intercontinental.
- A training session with school kids in Kleinmachnow, near Berlin, on Thursday afternoon, September 24.
- Guest at zibb, a TV show of the German station rbb, on Thursday evening, September 24.
- Messe BERLIN VITAL on Friday, September 25, starting at 3:00 pm Uta’s seminar “Two Days Before the Marathon,” and starting at 4:00 pm “Yoga Session for Runners.”
- Uta will also join her friend Fridolin “Frido” Flink at the Bambini Run for kids age 10 and under, to be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 26.
- And she will be with “Frido” at the 4.2195K mini Marathon for kids aged 10 and older, starting at 3:20 pm on Saturday, September 26.
- On Marathon Day she is looking forward to running the Berlin Marathon course as part of the ‘RTL-Spendenmarathon’ relay team. This is a charity program of the German television network RTL with the motto: “We help children!”
For more information please visit www.BMW-Berlin-Marathon.com
Uta’s speaking session, “Running To Freedom™,” will highlight the historic fall of the Berlin Wall and her first months living in freedom—culminating in her participation in the 1990 “Reunification Marathon” that crossed for the first time from West Berlin through the Brandenburg Gate into East Berlin. She has never forgotten the kindness of the people of the Concord area who later invited her to visit, and it brought home to her that there were similarities between her path to freedom and the journey of so many folks who settled in this part of Massachusetts.
With so much heartfelt appreciation, she now has the opportunity to talk to the people of Concord about how to embrace the possibilities that arise when you feel freedom within and “the power freedom can give to individuals and society to create positive change.”
For more information please visit www.LouisaMayAlcott.org
- 3:00 pm
Library, Fitch Senior High School—101 Groton Long Point Road, Groton, CT 06340.
Uta has been invited to meet with Mystic area kids interested in fitness, health, and running. At the Fitch Senior High School, she plans to talk to the 14- to 17-year-olds about running and their dreams. She is looking forward to answering their questions about the sport and her own beginnings, while providing them with the inspiration to pursue and reach their goals.
Afterwards, the group will go to the track for some stretching and a little running. Uta would like to not only show the kids some running techniques but also give the young athletes valuable tips for their training. This workout session will be followed by a visit to the Johnny Kelley statue in Mystic. Johnny Kelley ran the Boston Marathon an amazing 61 times during his lifetime. Uta had the honor to meet him on many occasions throughout her active career and remembers the Boston Marathon legend with great fondness.
For more information please visit www.JohnKelley.org
- 11:00 am (race registration begins at 9:30 am)
In front of the Alcott Elementary School—93 Laurel Street, Concord, MA 01742.
Uta is excited to once again take part in this wonderful FUNdraising event open to runners, walkers, “strollercisers,” and wheelchair athletes of all abilities, and to support the beloved Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. Together with the participants, she will enjoy a fun run on the beautiful historic course in Concord in honor of the famous author—the original “Running Girl”—and her family who were devoted to social justice, education and the arts, and who did so much to promote the physical fitness and health of both boys and girls in the 1800’s.
Three days after the Louisa May Alcott Orchard House Run/Walk, Uta will hold her “Running To Freedom™” presentation. For further information, please see the September 16 event notice above.
For more information please visit www.LouisaMayAlcott.org
- Time for the Running To Freedom Presentation on Friday: 9:30 am to 10:30 am
- Time for the Run on Saturday: 7:00 am to 8:00 am
Hotel nhow Berlin—Stralauer Allee 3, 10245 Berlin.
It is 25 years since the infamous Wall separating East and West Berlin fell, and Uta was able to take part—together with thousands of other runners—in the legendary “Reunification Marathon” of 1990 that wound from West Berlin, through the Brandenburg Gate into East Berlin. This year EO Unlimited Berlin 2015 invited her to talk about her experiences and give her history-inspired presentation from her “Running To Freedom™“ speaking series in which she reflects on these historical times.
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) was founded in 1987 and has more than 10,000 members from 45 countries. EO Unlimited Berlin 2015 will feature the theme “to inspire you to embrace the entrepreneurial struggle in your life,” and Uta will join a number of outstanding speakers including Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, survivor of the Women’s Orchestra in Auschwitz, Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International, and Burkart Veigel, founder of fluchthilfe.de.
For more information please visit EOUnlimited2015.com
- 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.
More than 18,000 runners and walkers were at the starting line of the 2014 10K Bellin Run, Wisconsin’s largest running event. And Uta remembers fondly the many chances she had to meet participants and her excitement when her sponsor, Krueger International, placed second in the team competition. Now Uta is honored to announce that, at the invitation of KI, she will return to the Bellin Run this year for the 19th time. We hope you will join us for an inspiring event that embraces the whole family!
The Bellin Run not only offers its participants an exciting race weekend, it also strives “to get the community moving—and keep it moving.” To that end, the race has partnered with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers and is now part of the Titletown Wellness Race Series—six events held between June and November.
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.
Uta Cheers on the Kids at the Dick Lytie Children’s Run & Fun Event
Start: 6:00 pmSeeing the kids aged 10 and younger give their best on the half-mile course of the Dick Lytie Children’s Run & Fun Event and their joy when they cross the finish line is one of the highlights for Uta during the Bellin Run weekend. Here, “every kid is a winner!”—and she is happy to have the opportunity to cheer on Green Bay’s youngsters again.
For more information please visit www.BellinRun.com
Prior to the Bellin Run, Uta will join the corporate team of Krueger International, the race’s gold sponsor, to present her inspirational seminar, “Running To Freedom™.” She is looking forward to a fun running session, stretching, and yoga.
KI is an innovative furniture and interior design company in Green Bay, committed to sustainability and to “Impact less.” The company employs almost 3,000 people and has nine manufacturing sites worldwide, led by Dick Resch, famous for his maverick approach to workplace wellness. “I am honored to support my community through such wonderful—and much needed—programs,” Dick stated. “Sharing my passions with the community enables everyone in the area to enjoy the same activities and improve their personal wellness—helping them live longer and more productive lives.”
For more information please visit www.KI.com
- 6:50 am Wheelchair Division, 6:55 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.
Every year, the BolderBOULDER is an event Uta eagerly anticipates and she greatly enjoys the excitement it brings to her hometown. Uta will join fellow Boulderites in running the scenic course and is looking forward to the fun entertainments all along the way to the finish line in Folsom Stadium. More than thirty bands and entertainers will showcase their talents and, as usual, thousands of spectators will cheer on the participants.
Back in 1979, the organizers of the BolderBOULDER envisioned this race as part of a Memorial Day celebration with their family and friends. This dream grew to an exciting annual event with more than 50,000 runners, joggers, walkers, and wheelchair athletes participating—inspiring the young and young at heart to stay fit and healthy. Since its inception, more than 1.2 million people have raced in the streets of Boulder. Come and be part of these festivities at 5,430 feet above sea level!
For more information please visit www.BolderBOULDER.com
Every year, the Parent Teachers Association of the Columbine Elementary School in Uta’s hometown of Boulder organizes the school’s popular Mile Marathon. Uta will once again run with the kids and cheer them on as they give their best on the one-mile course after preparing for the run in many gym training sessions.
The Mile Marathon was founded in 1978 by Rich Castro, the former elite-athlete coordinator of the BolderBOULDER 10K and every year attracts many of the elite athletes and supporters of running in Colorado who compete in the famous race a few days later. If you are in the area, come and join Uta and friends during this special day for the Columbine kids.
For more information please visit www.ColumbinePTA.org/Mile-Marathon
Uta, who participated in this 10K in 2000, looks forward to going back to Dedham for a fun run and to meet old and new running friends. The 2014 Joyce James Ramble was named the New England Runner Magazine’s “Race of the Year” and has always been a wonderful event and one of Uta’s favorite races.
The first Ramble took place in March 1984 with 244 runners. Today, the 10K hosts approximately 2,000 participants and the USA National Masters 10K Road Race Championship on the grounds of the historic Endicott Estate.
For more information please visit www.Ramble.org
Last April, Uta met the STRIVERS running girls for the first time—and she enjoyed her visit with them so much that she returned the following month to support the young runners during their Mother’s Day 5K race. This year, she is going back again to Natick to spend another fun afternoon with the 10- to 12-year-olds. She plans to talk with the girls about options in training for beginning runners, as well as nutrition and sleep.
She also would like to share some inspirational stories from her own first running steps, and looks forward to revisiting the goals the girls talked about during her first time together, the goals they are striving for this year, and their evolving dreams.The STRIVERS Running Club, founded by runner and mother Colleen Phelps, introduces the girls not only to running but also to other ways of being active, such as yoga. The club also aims to inspire young girls with the help of speakers and by encouraging them to become leaders in their communities.
For more information please visit STRIVERSRunningClub.com
- 8:50 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 begins 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.
Every year on Patriots’ Day, the city of Boston hosts thousands of runners, along with their friends and families, in celebration of the world’s oldest annual marathon. As the runners reach the race’s homestretch—with their determined winter and early spring training having paid off—they are welcomed by the deafening cheers of the excited crowds lining Boylston Street. And Uta will be at the finish line to greet them. She is in Beantown all weekend to show her support and to encourage the Hoyt Foundation team, whose runners she coaches, as well as the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge participants.
If you are in town, check out the atmosphere and entertainments along the course. It will be a joyful experience you can share with the marathoners, as well as the volunteers and the organizers of this fantastic city marathon.
For more information please visit www.BAA.org/Races/Boston-Marathon
- 3:00 pm
The Boston Marriott Copley Place, Grand Ballroom—4th Floor, 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116.
The participants in the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge strive to raise funds every year for “a world without cancer,” and the 2015 team members have dedicated themselves to raise an incredible $5.2 million in donations. Uta, a devoted supporter of the DFMC and its causes since 1998, has been asked back again this year to speak at the 26th edition of the DFMC.
Dr. Clare Twist, a renowned pediatric hematology-oncology specialist and Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge board member, and Uta will introduce together the participants of the Patient and In-Memory Partner Program, which honors children treated at the cancer institute and those who are running on their behalf.
- 8:00 am
Start and Finish Line: Between Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden—Charles Street, Boston, MA 02108.
The B.A.A. 5K, taking runners across the famous Boston Marathon finish line, is part of the B.A.A. Distance Medley racing series, which also includes a 10K and a half marathon. These races are presented by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. The DFCI and its Marathon Challenge is a long-time charity partner of our Take The Magic Step Foundation. So Uta—who will be starting in this fun run for the fourth time—is especially happy to have the opportunity to once again join her friends from the Marathon Challenge and also runners of the Hoyt Foundation.
Perhaps you, too, would like to run a 5K one day and experience the joy of running and racing. We can help you get started with Uta’s 5K training schedule for beginners here on our Website.
Uta Attends the Adidas Boston Marathon RunBase to Visit her Friends and Fans
Date and Time: Saturday, April 18, at 4:15 pm
Location: Adidas Boston Marathon RunBase—855 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115.
For more information please visit www.BAA.org/Races/5K
- 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sheraton Boston Hotel, Prudential Center, Commonwealth Room—3rd floor, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199.
Uta, who is currently training the members of the Hoyt Foundation team for the 2015 Boston Marathon, looks forward to a wonderful evening with the runners, as well as Dick and Rick Hoyt—the inspirational father-and-son wheelchair team who established the charity. Throughout the evening, the members who have raised the most funds will be recognized. Uta will have the honor of thanking the team for their efforts and their incredible inspiration. It will be an unforgettable memory-making evening for all.
This year, the charity runners aim to raise an amazing $160,000 for the Hoyt Foundation and its charitable work. For more information on the members of the team and their dedicated fundraising efforts, please see www.CrowdRise.com. All of the proceeds will benefit the Hoyt Foundation.
For more information please visit www.TeamHoyt.com
- 10:00 am
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Oval and Venetian Room—138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116.
John Hancock, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon since 1986, will host its annual press conference on April 17, three days before the 119th edition of the prestigious race. This year’s elite athletes will be introduced, and Uta, as well as other past champions, will be present for interviews and photos. Among the 2015 elite athletes are Meb Keflezighi, Patrick Makau, Lelisa Desisa, Shalane Flanagan, Mare Dibaba, Buzunesh Deba, and Aberu Kebede.
A special place during this year’s press conference will be given to Dick and Rick Hoyt and Bryan Lyons. Dick will be Grand Marshal of the race while Bryan takes over the reins to participate as the new face of the legendary wheelchair duo.
For more information please visit www.BAA.org/Races/Boston-Marathon
Uta has been a resident of Colorado since the beginning of the 1990s. This year she accepted with great appreciation and gratitude the honor of induction into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame. Uta is joined in the Class of 2015 by ultrarunner Matt Carpenter, former all American athlete John Gregorio, track and cross country coach Damon Martin, editor-in-chief of the Competitor Running magazine Brian Metzler, and South Pacific Games champion Nadia Prasad.
The Colorado Running Hall of Fame was founded by the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon. Since 2007 it has honored athletes, authors, race organizers, volunteers, coaches and many others who have contributed to the sport of running. The induction event is open to the public.
For more information please visit CORunningHallOfFame.com
- 9:00 am Fun Run
- 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Winter Seminar
Fun Run: Silo Deli Wine and Cheese Bar—114 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Winter Seminar: Children's Museum of Winston-Salem—390 South Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
The Twin City Track Club has invited Uta to be this year’s guest speaker at their popular “Winter Seminar.” This nonprofit organization has more than 600 enthusiastic running- and fitness-members and offers year-round activities, such as group runs, social events, and sponsored races.On the morning of the event, Uta will take part in a three- to- four-mile fun run with the club members and is looking forward to meeting all the participants.
In the evening, Uta will conduct a history-inspired presentation from her “Running To Freedom™“ speaking series. She also plans to share memories and experiences from her training and successful racing career that she hopes will help the participants find inspiration and reach their goals. If you would like to read more about Uta’s “Running To Freedom™” speaking series, please click here.
Come and join Uta for a day filled with fitness and happiness!
For more information please visit www.TwinCityTC.org