Katja is a 2x U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier and 9th place finisher from the 2016 U.S. Marathon Trials. She is a native of Los Angeles, CA and currently lives and trains in Flagstaff, AZ. Katja is a graduate of UCLA, where she competed in both Cross Country and Track and Field. Katja originally got involved in running through a non-profit called Students Run LA
. She qualified for the 2020 Marathon Trials at the 2019 California International Marathon with a time of 2:36:01.