Molly Schmelzle

Molly Schmelzle

Title: Gear reviewer
Location: Ashland, OR

Social Media Links:
LinkedIn | Instagram


  • Topics of Expertise: Trail running, ultra-running, strength & conditioning, endurance coaching
  • Years in this Expertise: trail running – 17, ultrarunning – 10, strength & conditioning coach -7, endurance coach – 10 4 running shoe reviews published on iRunFar, elite trail running ambassador for Run in Rabbit.

Education & Certifications

  • Education: Bachelor of Arts & Science, Geography & Biology, Syracuse University; Masters of Science, Conservation Genetics, Humboldt State University
  • Years of Professional Experience: 6 months
  • Certifications: ACE Certified personal trainer, NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.
  • Club or Association Memberships: Audubon Society, Oregon Humane Society, SEIU Local 503
  • Awards or Recognitions: California State University Research Development in Biotechnology Grant, Disney Student Veteran’s Science Research Grant, Coast Guard endurance athlete representative
  • Other Relevant Positions: Schmelzle, M.C. & Kinziger, A.P. (2015) Using occupancy modeling to compare environmental DNA to traditional field methods for monitoring an aquatic endangered species.

A Word from Molly Schmelzle

  • Why I choose this career: Writing can be a creative force that teaches, entertains, and sparks curiosity not only for the reader but for the writer. Writing gear reviews, notably running shoe reviews is an opportunity to inspire endurance athletes to explore new trails, new roads, and new gear that will hopefully help them enjoy the process of training and exploring. The process in my opinion is the best part.
  • Personal Interests: Running: road and trail, cycling, strength training, swimming, biology, water law, whiskey tasting, rabbits, and reading.