The Olympic Bronze medalist in the marathon. Her and Coach Jon Green started the Verde Track club in Flagstaff AZ in the fall of 2022. Molly qualified for the Olympic marathon team in her Marathon Debut at the Olympic trials. Molly has since gone on to place 4th in the NYC Marathon finishing as the top American.
Molly Seidel, a powerhouse in the world of professional running, has been making waves since her early days on the track. Born on July 12, 1994, in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Seidel quickly established herself as a formidable competitor. As she gears up for the 2023 Hapalua, let’s take a look at her incredible journey and key accomplishments in the sport.
High School and College Success:
Seidel’s passion for running began in high school, where she became a four-time Wisconsin state cross country champion. Her talent continued to shine as she moved on to the University of Notre Dame, where she captured four NCAA titles. These titles included the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championship, the 2015 NCAA Indoor 3000m, and both the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Outdoor 10,000m titles. Her success in college earned her the prestigious title of the 2015-2016 ACC Female Athlete of the Year.
Olympic Marathon Trials Debut:
In 2020, Seidel made her marathon debut at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Atlanta, where she shocked the running world by finishing second in 2:27:31. This incredible performance secured her a spot on Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics, making her an overnight sensation in the sport.
Seidel’s meteoric rise continued at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (held in 2021 due to the pandemic), where she captured the bronze medal in the women’s marathon. This accomplishment made her the first American woman to medal in the marathon since Deena Kastor won bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Seidel finished the race with a time of 2:27:46, showcasing her grit and determination on the world stage.
Building on her Olympic success, Seidel went on to compete in the 2021 London Marathon, where she finished third with a time of 2:25:13. This impressive result further solidified her place as one of the top distance runners in the world.
New York Marathon
Molly followed up her historic Olympic performance by finishing the 2022 NYC Marathon in fourth place and first American. Her time of 2:24:42 is a personal best, beating the 2:25:13 she ran in London in 2021, and also betters Kara Goucher’s American course record of 2:25:53, set in 2008.
In addition to her stunning race performances, Seidel is known for her down-to-earth personality, dedication to the sport, and love for her hometown of Boston. As she prepares to compete in the 2023 Hapalua, fans eagerly anticipate what new achievements Molly Seidel will add to her already impressive resume. With her unwavering passion and commitment, the sky’s the limit for this remarkable athlete.