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America’s Fastest Female Marathon Runner Has Found her Strength after an Injury

By: Hannah Yang

Keira D’Amato is a professional long-distance runner for the USA, holding the world-record breaking 2 hours, 19 minutes, and 12 seconds for the women’s marathon. She is also the record holder for the U.S. 10-mile record and is a two-time USA track and field national champion.

It’s a questionable training ground for the American record holder in the women’s marathon, but everything about D’Amato’s story is inspiring. She claimed the record in January as a 37-year-old mother of two during her second chapter as a professional runner.

After fourteen years of being pushed away from the sport following an injury and five years after lifting herself out of one of the lowest moments of her life, D’Amato completed the Houston Marathon in a time of 2 hours 19 minutes 12 seconds, overturning a U.S. record that had stood since 2006.

Keira had stumbled back into running almost by accident, and now she is knocking down each carefully chosen goal. Still, there are many triumphs left for her to achieve. For example, she aims to compete in the marathon with the world’s best marathon runners, represent the U.S. in a global state competition, and qualify for the Olympics. Keira wants to represent the U.S. in the 2024 Paris Olympics, but by then, she would be a couple of months away from becoming 40.

Even though she is determined to reach her goals, there are some compromises she might not be willing to take. For example, she may have to stay in Richmond and not train hard. She also may need to work as a realtor and not make sports her full-time job, even though she is an accomplished athlete.

Nonetheless, Keira will continue working hard as a mother and professional runner, making her one of the fastest female marathon runners alive.


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