Molly Seidel already has an impressive running resume. The 26-year-old has qualified for the 2021 Olympics in the marathon, she is an NCAA champion in the 10,000m and she owns a 2:25:13 personal best from the London Marathon, but now, she’s turning her sights to an even stiffer competition – the quest to become the Fastest Known Turkey. Actually, she’s hoping to be the fastest known turkey impersonator, as Seidel recently found out that the animals can travel up to 40K per hour. Her attempt will take place over Thanksgiving weekend in the Peachtree Road Race 10K, which has gone virtual for this year.
Not her first turkey run
Seidel started running in turkey costumes following her first NCAA cross-country title in 2015. She told Team USA, “That was such a big, intense experience, that it seemed like a lot of fun to just go out and run a race while wearing a children’s turkey costume.”
Strava practice run
Seidel took the turkey suit for a spin last week to do some turkey-specific training before the big day. Over the course of her 8K run, she still managed sub-five minute kilometres, even in a full suit (wings and all). She titled the effort “Shaking out the drumsticks.”
Seidel actually plans to run this distance twice, once in the turkey suit on Cranberry Island in Maine, and a second time on a flatter, faster course a few days later in Boston, wearing typical running clothes. She predicts that she’ll shed 30 seconds when she ditches the suit.