Reliable & with 9.6 inches of ground clearance, Seidel’s future ride might be a pro-marathoner’s ideal daily driver.
Update- Dec 30,2021- From her IG stories, looks like she’s sitting in a TRD 4Runner. What do you think?
Just days after her course record-breaking performance at the 2021 New York City Marathon, the Citius Mag podcast dropped their latest episode with Olympic Bronze Medalist Molly Seidel.
In the opening segment of the show, Seidel shared how she’s planning on spending her 4th place finisher winnings.
The episode’s on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.
“I just sold my car (to CarMax, )” Seidel said.
“I just came from the road. CarMax, Baby! That’s who should sponsor this show, CarMax. I’m like all in on CarMax.”
“What are you getting? What’s the next one?” Co-Host David Melly asked.
“I am getting a Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro so that NY money’s going to good use” Seidel replied.
The NYC Marathon’s large prize purse attracts the world’s best, with top men and women finishers winning up to $100,000 ($125,000 if you’re an American thanks to additional US Division winnings.)
How much did Molly Seidel win at the 2021 NYC Marathon?
Seidel won $50,000 total, $25,000 for fourth woman overall and another $25,000 for first American woman.
Seidel’s switching up her ride from her previous wagon history.
According to these Instagram posts, Seidel’s previous rides include an Audi A4 Allroad (B8 facelift) and a Subaru Impreza (Blob eye) wagon.
Seidel runs and trains in the high elevation of Flagstaff, Arizona. Like many pro-runners, presumably she needs a vehicle that can reliably (and literally) get her off the beaten path.
If there’s a car suited to that task, it’s a Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro.Embed from Getty Images
New 4Runner TRD Pros come standard with Part-Time 4WD, TRD FOX shocks, that aforementioned higher ground clearance, a locking rear diff, and active traction control (among other off road-worthy features.)
And, like all Toyotas, it’s reliable. New 4Runners sold today still rock the 1GR-FE under the hood, a V6 the 4Runner first used in 2009.
I can’t speak specifically about Seidel’s A4 Allroad, but Audis have consistently ranked near the bottom of the list in reliability rankings.
2022 4Runner TRD Pros start at $52,120 so with whatever she got for that Audi and her winnings, Seidel very well could buy one sans financing.
Congrats on the course record, the winnings, and your future new ride, Molly!
I hope I can update this blog post with Instagram posts of that 4Runner TRD Pro soon.