Athlete Bios

Molly Bookmyer

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:30:37
Qualifying Race: 2023 TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Molly Bookmyer
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Columbus, Oh


Brecksville, Oh

High School

Brecksville Broadview Heights High School

Current Affiliation

Oiselle Underbird Team


Senior Category Planner, Hawthorne Gardening Company

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials


Number of attempts to qualify



The Ohio State University

Career Highlights
9th, 2022 and 2023 Chevron Houston Marathon; Winner, 2022 Nationwide Children's Hospital Half Marathon; Winner, 2021 Columbus Half Marathon; 7th, 2022 Grandma's Marathon; 6th, 2022 USATF 25K Championships, 2022, 2nd, Indianapolis Monumental Marathon; 3rd, 2019 USATF 25K Championships
I married my husband Eric in 2017. We met at Ohio State and got married a few years after we graduated. He works as the Director of Talent Management at MedVet and we have a dog, Cooper.
Greatest Accomplishment
Finishing third in my first USATF Road Championship race in 2019, four years after I had two brain surgeries.
Interesting Story
After graduating college in 2013, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After two years of tests, MRI’s every six months and multiple visits with different neurosurgeons, it was decided the best course of action was to remove it. I had surgery in January of 2015. The next few months of rehab were difficult. I had temporary paralysis of the left side of my body due to swelling on the brain and developed hydrocephalus, causing a second emergency surgery three months after my first. Eventually, eight months after my surgery, I was cleared to run again. Being competitive, I quickly pushed myself to get back to running and ended up having a seizure while running on a treadmill. In the two years after my brain surgeries, I got engaged and married my best friend. Shortly after our honeymoon, he was diagnosed with cancer. He had multiple surgeries and underwent chemo, but fortunately beat cancer in 2018. Is is now five years cancer free. I feel grateful to be on the other side of our health battles and fortunate to pursue running at an elite level.
Favorite Book

Let Your Mind Run - Deena Kastor

Favorite TV Show/Series

Formula 1: Drive to Survive

Favorite Song

Walk, Griff

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Gluten-free cookies

Favorite Breakfast

Acai Bowl

Favorite Motivational Quote
"The greatest glory in living is not in falling, but in rising every time we fall.” - Nelson Mandela
Favorite Running Memory
Running a PR of 1:10:51 for the half marathon in my hometown at the Nationwide Children's Columbus Half Marathon. I love running through the streets of Columbus and being around my home community. It is a special race that supports Nationwide Children's Hospital and there is a child honored at every mile. Being able to compete at an elite level is something I am proud of and it is more special when I can race at home.