Keira D’Amato breaks American women’s marathon record

HOUSTON — Keira D’Amato set a new U.S. marathon record with her time of 2:19.12 at the Chevron Houston Marathon on Sunday.

The Midlothian mother-of-two surpassed the previous women’s mark of 2:19:36 set by Deena Kastor during the 2006 London Marathon.

“I’ve never won a marathon before, so that’s one of my big goals,” D’Amato said in a December interview with Women’s Running Magazine. “Right now I think I’m in less than 2:22 form, which is really exciting. I know the American record. I know what it is. If I’m in form at around 2:20, we will definitely go there.” . If I’m close enough, I’m going to go there and see what happens – if everything goes well this month, if I’m in a position where I think that’s a good goal.

Sports Backers public relations and communications manager Pete Woody called D’Amato a key figure in the Richmond running community who inspired many runners by sharing his journey.

“In November 2021, she set a new course record (24:47) by winning the Allianz Partners 8k, a Sports Backers event that was part of the Richmond Marathon,” Woody said. “It’s amazing to see Keira doing so well and we look forward to seeing her in more races in Richmond and across the country in the future.”

D’Amato, who became a professional runner in early 2021, told CBS 6 athletic director Lane Casadonte the year before that she got into the sport to impress the football coach at the ‘Oakton High School in Northern Virginia.

But she quickly realized that she had a talent for the solitary sport that requires perseverance and discipline, even if it leaves her mind wandering.

“During the race today, I was thinking a lot about aliens,” D’Amato explained in a 2020 interview. what you do. In college I was a math major and when I was stumped over a proof I would go out for a run just to clear my mind.”

After college, D’Amato continued running for fun. But after having two children and moving several times due to her husband’s work, running took a back seat. He stayed there, until an old friend asked him about his former passion.

“We were sitting on a dock and she said, ‘Keira are you ever going to run again?’ And I’m like yeah, you know, I’m running for fun. And she said, ‘No, are you really going to take it out again?’ And I was like Oh no no. This part of my life is over,” she recalled.

Except it wasn’t. After having his kids, D’Amato started running again to get back in shape and quickly discovered that the fire was still there.

D’Amato is a finalist for Female Athlete of the Year at the upcoming RVA Sports Awards. The event on Saturday, February 5 will recognize local sporting achievements and honor those who aim to improve the Richmond area through sport.

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