Olympic Star Molly Seidel Runs for $5,000 Cancer Charity, Ends Up With Over $38,000 as Puma Pitches In

Published 08/18/2021, 10:28 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s Marathon – Sapporo Odori Park, Sapporo, Japan – August 7, 2021. Molly Seidel of the United States celebrates after winning bronze REUTERS/Feline Lim


Tokyo Olympics 2020 bronze medalist Molly Seidel became only the third American woman to win an Olympic medal in the marathon event. Her achievement was celebrated widely when she came back home. Athletes often utilize their Olympic popularity and fame to give back to society. Their contribution can come in various forms, from auctioning their medals, to speaking out about injustices, or participating in charity events.

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Molly Seidel also decided to help people by doing something she is good at, running! Seidel ran at the Falmouth Road Race to raise money for children suffering from cancer.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 star Molly competed only to raise money

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The 49th annual ASICS Falmouth Road Race took place on the 5th of August 2021. It is one of the premier running events in the USA in the summer. The race has always been a promoter of health, wellness, and pride in the community.

American star Molly Seidel recently grabbed the Olympic bronze medal at the mega-event in the marathon. Just a few weeks after her Olympic achievement, she announced that she will run at the Falmouth Road Race.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s Marathon – Sapporo Odori Park, Sapporo, Japan – August 7, 2021. Molly Seidel of the United States celebrates after winning bronze REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

However, her aim was not to win, but rather a noble one. Molly ran to raise money for Tommy’s Place, a vacation home for children fighting cancer. The Olympic star served as the starter of the race.

Interestingly, she had a unique plan to raise money. Molly was the last person to start the race, and she had decided that every person she crosses will be counted as a dollar. The race organizers will donate the total number, converting it into dollars for Tommy’s Place.

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Molly passed 4,761 runners at the race

Molly crossed 4,761 runners, hence bringing the donation to $4,761. After seeing her stunning performance and in honor of her Olympic medal, the organizers decided to double their donation.

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Hence, the amount of money raised by Molly given by the race organizers went up to $9,522. Watching an Olympian run and hustle for children, Tommy’s Place founder Tim O’Connell was inspired. Tim matched the numbers and raised the amount to $19,044.

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The contributions did not end there as Puma decided to get involved as well. Puma came in and matched the numbers, at last raising the amount to $38,088. It’s heartwarming how Molly’s initiative to run the race for the children motivated more people to help. The Olympic star further cemented her place in the hearts of the people.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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