Athlete Bios

Molly Seidel

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:23:07
Qualifying Race: 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Molly Seidel
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Flagstaff, AZ


Nashotah, WI

High School

University Lake School

Current Affiliation


Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification



Notre Dame

Career Highlights
Career Highlights: -Bronze Medalist, 2020 Olympic Games Marathon -Runner-up, 2020 USA Olympic Team Trials – Marathon -4-time NCAA Champion (3,000 and 5,000m indoor, 10,000m, cross country)
Favorite Motivational Quote
After struggling with injuries and illness her first two years at Notre Dame, Molly Seidel in 2015-2016 won four individual NCAA titles in less than a year – at 10,000m, cross country and then indoor at 3,000 and 5,000 meters – before a sacral stress fracture caused her to miss her senior outdoor season. Her first couple years as a pro brought modest success, but it was a 1:10:27 win at the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in December 2019 that put Seidel on the path to history, qualifying her for the 2020 Olympic Team Trials – Marathon. On February 29 in Atlanta, Seidel became the first woman to make the Team USA in her marathon debut when she finished second (2:27:31). In 2021, she lowered her PB to 2:25:13 in London before winning a surprise bronze medal at the Games – the first for U.S. women in the marathon since Deena Kastor in 2004. Three months after Sapporo, she finished fourth in the TCS New York City Marathon in 2:24:42, another PB and the fastest time there ever by an American woman. After battling a stress fracture in 2022, Seidel bounced back with a 2:23:07 at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon last October. Early in 2022 was diagnosed with ADHD, after years of dealing with disordered eating, OCD and depression … Was 2011 Foot Locker Cross Country Champion … At a rooftop party in Boston in December 2019 her sister, Izzy, said out of the blue, “You should run the Olympic Trials;” at the time Seidel was working three jobs: barista, babysitter and Instacart shopper … She and Izzy recently began hosting a podcast , “I Hate My Thoughts,” and have a joint Instagram, sadgirlstrackclub … Is known for her FTK (fastest-known turkey) for running Thanksgiving Day 10K in costume.