Interview with Keira D’Amato

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Keira D’Amato breaking the American record.

In this podcast episode we speak with Keira D’Amato, the 37 year old mother of two, who broke the American record in the marathon this year running 2:19:12!

Keira describes her running career as “the road less travelled”. Hear how she went from injury and struggling through her first marathon to becoming the fastest female marathoner in the United States.

Interview with Keira D’Amato


Kiera D’Amato Instagram: @keiradamato

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Keira D’Amato is an elite runner who holds the women’s American Marathon record of 2:19:12 set at the Houston Marathon in 2022. She also holds the world record at the 10 mile distance with a time of 51:23 set in 2021. She is a relator, mother of two kids, and resides in Richmond, Virginia.

photo credit: Keira D’Amato

In this conversation you will hear . . .

  • How injury as a competitive college runner forced her out of the sport.
  • How she came back to running for the pure enjoyment running brings.
  • The “root beer float training plan”.
  • How during her first marathon in Missoula, Montana, she swore it would be the last.
  • Her mindset going into the Houston Marathon and how she dealt with a difficult race.
  • Tips for busy runners who want to improve.

You never know where running will take you. If you are discouraged because your running journey hasn’t gone as you planned, you need to listen to this conversation!

Special thanks to the Allianz Partners Richmond Marathon for connecting us with Keira! The race takes places on November 12th, 2022 and this year marks the 45th running of the marathon. It’s a great year to take part and join the celebration! They also offer a half marathon and 8k.

Shout Out:

Hey MTA! I’m super happy to report that I ran the Tobacco Road Marathon yesterday and got a PR of over 2 minutes with a time of 3:55:03. It’s been almost 3 years since my last marathon and over four years since my first marathon. So finishing strong and happy, as well as getting a PR was cathartic for me. I’ve had a number of experiences in marathons and other races when I bonked or cramped up, unable to finish in my goal time. So I was nervous pretty much the whole time until mile 24 that it might happen again. But I trusted my legs and my training, stayed patient even when many people were passing me, and just executed my plan. Thank you to MTA for all the resources and for this community for all the inspiration to keep trying. Stephen

4 Responses to Interview with Keira D’Amato

  1. Adolfo P Salgueiro April 22, 2022 at 12:40 pm #

    Quick question: What is the discount code for the Richmond Marathon? My Bo-Club Runners group from South Florida would like to run it. We were 24 earlier this year in Houston and are now planning our destination race for next season.

    Looking forward to your reply.


    • Trevor Spencer April 22, 2022 at 6:16 pm #

      Hi Adolfo, they didn’t give us one. Maybe I’ll see you there! I do have a 15% off code for the Drury Hotel in Richmond

      • Adolfo P Salgueiro April 25, 2022 at 3:13 pm #

        I just got contacted from the Richmond Marathon. They told me you gave them my email. Thank you so much. I will pass the info along to my running group, including the Drury code. Looking forward to seeing you, there!


        • Trevor Spencer May 2, 2022 at 5:53 pm #

          Right on! Happy to help. The Drury code is “RUN”.

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