Olympian Molly Seidel wins Atlanta Half Marathon

Boston-area resident Molly Seidel won the Atlanta Half Marathon on Sunday, crossing the finish line of the 13.1-mile race with a time of 1:08.29.

Seidel, a Wisconsin native who lives with her sister in Cambridge, qualified for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics by placing second in the event last year. The Olympics were later postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are now scheduled to begin on July 23.

The  conditions were cold and humid in Atlanta, but Seidel told the Boston Globe the humidity was good practice for Tokyo.

“It was really cool to be back here a year later under different conditions, but it’s always special to return to the place that it happened,” Seidel told the Globe.

Seidel will now begin a 12-15 week training regime for the Olympics. In September, she told ESPN she traveled to Flagstaff, AZ to train in preparation for altitude, and she used the additional time to “to gain more experience, train for an extra year, nail down my nutrition and run another marathon.”

Seidel competed in the London Marathon in October. She finished sixth overall and was the second-fastest American woman across the finish line with a time of 2:25.13.

posted Monday March 1st
by Tom Westerholm