Mollie Turner started running as a freshman in high school. She was determined to become a great hurdler and high jumper. But at the end of her first track season, she found middle-distance running and instantly felt like she had found her calling. As a result of the running experience, she joined the cross country team and was hooked for life.
After high school, Mollie competed on the track team at James Madison University in Virginia. While there, she was a 3-time All-American in the indoor 5k, 3000-meter steeplechase, and cross country. After college, Mollie ran for the Nike Farm Team for a year. She then returned to JMU where she received her MS in Exercise Physiology.
Mollie ran off and on for a few years. She got married and had two daughters in 2013 and 2015. Since then, Mollie has resumed training and set PRs at nearly every distance. She finished 15th at the Shamrock Shuffle 8k with a time of 28:07. Mollie finished 2nd at the Shamrock Half Marathon in 1:21:12. She also finished 2nd at the Indy Women’s Half in 1:18:59 and 6th at the Hartford Marathon in 2:53:32.
Mollie has her sights set on an Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon in 2018 and continues to pursue PRs at other distances.
Mollie’s personal bests are:
- 1500: 4:25.33 (2002)
- Mile: 4:53.02 (2002)
- 3000: 9:24.08 (2002)
- 3000 steeplechase: 9:56.07 (2002)
- 2 miles road: 10:49 (2003)
- 5000: 16:03.97 (2002)
- 5k road: 16:38 (2003)
- 6k cross country: 20:17.0 (2002)
- 8k: 28:07 (2017)
- 10k road: 36:57 (2017)
- 15k: 56:44 (2017)
- 10 miles: 1:03:22 (2003)
- Half marathon: 1:18:59 (2017)
- Marathon: 2:53:32 (2017)
In addition, some of her top achievements include:
- Stockade-athon 15k Champion, 2017
- Palio Half Marathon Champion, 2016 and 2017
- Runner-up at the Indy Women’s Half Marathon, 2017
- Runner-up at the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon, 2017
- 6th at the Hartford Marathon, 2017
- James Madison University Athletics Hall of Fame, class of 2015
- 3-time All-American at James Madison University
Mollie enjoys giving back to the sport that has given her so much. She volunteers at local road races and has coached many athletes to their personal bests over the years. In addition, she currently runs for the Willow Street Athletic Club and Rabbit Elite. Also, Mollie is a USATF certified coach and is working toward an ACSM personal trainer certification and a yoga instructor certification in 2018.
Mollie lives in Averill Park, NY with her husband Pete and daughters Emmaline and Natalie. She owns her own online coaching business Piece of Cake Running. Furthermore, Mollie works as a freelance writer in addition to taking care of her two daughters full time.