Ellen Hart

A world-class runner and lawyer, Ellen Hart is known for her incredible athletic and professional achievements while going public about her battles with bulimia. 

As an undergraduate student-athlete at Harvard, Hart earned eight varsity letters while competing in basketball, soccer, and track and field. She placed third to qualify in the 10K in the 1980 Olympic Trials and went on to break the world record in 20K and the United States record in 30K.

Hart earned her juris doctor from the University of Colorado Law School. She was an attorney with the Denver firm of Morrison and Foerster from 1988-90 and served as Executive Director of the Community Action Program at the University of Denver from 1990-92.

Hart was married to Federico Peña, the former mayor of Denver, United States Secretary of Transportation, and United States Secretary of Energy. She helped start the Eating Disorder Foundation while giving lectures and speaking publicly about her personal experiences.

A movie about her life, “Dying to be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Peña Story,” was released in 1996.

Ellen Hart