Born in Leipzig, East Germany in 1965, behind the Iron Curtain, Uta was introduced to competitive athletics at the age of 13. On January 5, 1990, almost penniless, Uta and her coach, Dieter Hogen, left East Germany, yearning for the freedoms of the west.
Only then was it possible for Uta to pursue her lifelong goal to run and win the marathon that stood for freedom in her mind: the Boston Marathon. She won the Boston Marathon three years in a row, ’94-96’. Further wins included the New York City Marathon, and three Berlin Marathon victories, including the 1990 “Reunification Marathon,” unifying East and West Germany.
A two time Olympian and former world record holder, Uta was ranked the #1 woman marathon runner in the world in 1994 and 1995, and she was featured on numerous leading magazine covers as the people’s champion.
Today, Uta divides her energies between her public speaking series, Running To Freedom™ and her international charitable organization, Take The Magic Step® in addition to coaching the runners of the Hoyt Foundation in preparation for their 2015 Boston Marathon in support of the mission of legendary Dick and Rick Hoyt, to raise awareness of, and help, the physically challenged.