Molly Huddle

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Molly Huddle
Molly Huddle racing at the 2011 Bay Area Cross Challenge
Personal information
Born (1984-08-31) 31 August 1984 (age 30)
Residence Providence, Rhode Island
Country  United States
Event(s) 5000 m, 10,000 m Cross country
College team Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Turned pro 2007
Coached by Ray Treacy
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1500 m: 4:09.22
3000 m: 8:58.51
5000 m: 14:42.64 NR
10,000 m: 30:47.59

Molly Huddle (born August 31, 1984) is an American long-distance runner who competes in track and cross country running events. Huddle set the American record in the 5000 meters at the 2014 Herculis Diamond League meet in Fontvieille, Monaco (14:42.64).

Huddle currently lives and trains in Providence, Rhode Island. She is coached by Ray Treacy (who is also the Cross Country and Track and Field coach at Providence College) and trains with Kim Smith and Roisin McGettigan.[1]

High School[edit]

Huddle attended high school at Notre Dame High School in Elmira, New York (1999-2003), where she won multiple state championships in cross country and track.[2] Her high school did not have a cross country team, so Huddle was the only member. In fact, they had not had a full team since 1987, however, a team was started in the fall of 2014.[1]


Huddle went to University of Notre Dame for college (2003-2007), and was a 10-time All American.[2][3] In 2004 Molly Huddle set a University of Notre Dame woman 5000 meters outdoor record at Mt. SAC Relays in 15:32.55.[4]


Huddle set the American record in the 5000 meters at the 2010 Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meet in Brussels, Belgium (14:44.76).[2][5][6]

Huddle's 19th place finish at the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland helped the American team win a bronze medal.[7] On October 11, 2010, Huddle won her third consecutive USA Women's 10k road race championship in Boston, Massachusetts.[8]


She was the runner-up at the 2011 USA Cross Country Championships, earning a spot for the world championships team.[9] Huddle again helped the American team win a bronze medal at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, finishing 17th overall.[10] On June 24, 2011, Huddle captured the 5000m at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 15:10.01. Her performance qualified her for the 2011 World Championships in Athletics.[11] After battling injuries during the 2011 summer, Huddle failed to qualify during her heat at the World Championships.[12]


At the 2012 USA Cross Country Championships she was leading throughout but was beaten at the finish line by Sara Hall, ending the race as runner-up.[13]

On June 28, 2012 she qualified for the American squad for the 2012 London Olympics in the 5000m.[14] After running 15:02.26 in the Semifinals, Huddle finished 15:20.29 in the Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 5000 metres final to finish 11th.


On August 17, 2013, she finished 6th in the women's 5000-meter in the 2013 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 5000 metres in Moscow, the highest American female finish ever in that event at the World Championships.[15] Huddle's time of 15:05.73 earned a 6th place in the final.

On November 17, 2013, Huddle won the 12k U.S. National championship in 37:50.[16] Molly Huddle Sets 12-K World Best.


On May 4, Huddle improved her 10,000 meters time to 30:47.59 in Palo Alto, California at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford University.

On June 27, Huddle won another 5,000 meters US outdoor title in Sacramento, California with a time of 15:01.56, passing Shannon Rowbury in the final meters (15:01.71).[17]

At the Morton Games on July 11, 2014, she won the International Women's Mile in 4:26.8 breaking a stadium record and setting a new pb.[18][19]

On 18 July, Molly ran a personal best mark of 14:42.64[20] to improve her own outdoor 5000 metres[21][22][23][24] United States records in track and field the Diamond League Herculis Monaco.

On November 16, 2014, Huddle won the 12k U.S. National championship in 38:08.[25][26]


On March 15th, Molly beat Kenya’s Joyce Chepkirui with an 11 second margin to win the 2015 New York City Half Marathon in a personal best of 1:08:31.[27] For this victory, Huddle was shown in Marie Claire magazine's "The 8 Greatest Moments for Women in Sports".[28]

On June 25th, Huddle won the 10,000 meters at the 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.[29] This is her first USA 10k title.[30]

At the 2015 Beijing World Championships, Huddle finished fourth in the 10,000 m, being caught in the final steps by team member Emily Infeld due to a premature celebration.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Huddle is married to Canadian middle distance runner Kurt Benninger, who also ran for University of Notre Dame, where he earned 6 All-American honors in track and cross country.[32]

Personal bests[edit]

Track Event Time (min) Venue Date
Indoor 3000 m 9:09.34 Syracuse, NY 22 FEB 2004
5000 m 15:13.86 Boston (BU), MA 02 MAR 2014
Outdoor 1500 m 4:09.22 Brasschaat July 11, 2009[33]
Mile 4:26.8 Dublin, Ireland July 11, 2014[34][35]
3000 m 8:58.51 London August 3, 2008[33]
5000 m 14:42.64 NR Fontvieille July 18, 2014[33]
10000 m 30:47.59 Palo Alto, California May 4, 2014[36][37]
Road 15k 49:07 New York City, NY March 15, 2015
20k 1:05:03 New York City, NY March 15, 2015
Half Marathon 1:08:31[38] New York City, NY March 15, 2015


  1. ^ a b Gerweck, Jim (May 2011). "Molly Huddle Finds Herself in Providence". Running Times. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Legare, Andrew (27 August 2010). "Huddle sets an American record in 5,000 meters". Star-Gazette. 
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  5. ^ Battaglia, Joe. "Huddle humbled by American record run in 5000m". Universal Sports. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Hersh, Philip. "ND alum Huddle sets U.S. record in 5,000". Chicago Breaking Sports. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "March 29: U.S. Women Earn World Cross Country Bronze". Runner's World. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Huddle wins third straight U.S 10 km title". US Track and Field. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  9. ^ Flanagan dominates and Vaughn surprises as Team USA places decided for Punta Umbria. IAAF/USATF (2011-02-06). Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  10. ^ "The latest news from the USOC - March 22". The Kansas City Star. 22 March 2011. 
  11. ^ Bellamy, Rob. "USA Track & Field: Molly Huddle’s winning scenario turns into reality in women’s 5,000". The Register-Guard. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Notre Dame Track and field: Injury catches up with ex-Irish star Molly Huddle". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  13. ^ Estes, Jim (2012-02-12). Hall and Mack take USA XC titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-02-12.
  14. ^ (2012-06-28). Culley, Huddle and Conley make Olympic team in women’s 5000 meters. Washington Post. Retrieved on 2012-06-28.
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  28. ^ Friedman, Megan. "Historic Moments in Female Sports – Athletic Women". Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  29. ^ "Molly Huddle set for switch to 10K this season". Retrieved 2015-06-23. 
  30. ^ "Molly Huddle is the 10K queen! Wins first USA 10K title". flotrack. Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  31. ^ Emily Infeld shocks Molly Huddle, wins bronze medal at IAAF Track World Championships 2015,, August 24, 2015
  32. ^ Stout, Erin. "Distance runner Molly Huddle takes long view". ESPN. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  33. ^ a b c Biographies Huddle Molly. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-28.
  34. ^ "2014 Morton Games - Full Results". Morton Games. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  35. ^ "Barr and English shatter stadium records at Morton Games". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
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