Meet 2022 Women’s Marathon Winner Chevron Houston, Keira D’Amato

HOUSTON, Texas – The Chevron Houston 50th Anniversary Marathon is a competition for books. Runners have been welcomed back to the live event after the virtual race in 2021.

Race marks the launch of Memorial Park’s new brand land bridge tunnel.

And so many records have been set!

One of those records belongs to the American Keira D’Amato, who finished first in the women’s event with a marathon winning time of 2:19:12. She broke the previous US record set in 2006, beating the time of 30 seconds.

“I keep testing it to make sure that’s what I ran,” she said shortly after the win. “I can’t believe this! I’m really tired, but I’m really, very happy!”

The 37-year-old mother-of-two rowed an ice boat to the finish line far ahead. Welcomed there by her family, D’Amato immediately welcomed huge hugs from her children, Tommy, 7, and Quinn, 5.

“They see me day in and day out running and coming back in an hour or two, so they’ve been part of this journey and part of the sacrifice,” D’Amato said. speak. “When I crossed the line and they were there, oh my gosh, it was just one of the happiest moments of my life.”

Tommy joins his mother in a post-race live interview on ABC13. “This is great, because it’s like being a celebrity mom, and it’s great to have a famous mom!”

She said, “Age is just a number. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can follow your dreams. I’m so lucky to have a family that supports that.”

D’Amato has been out of competition for seven years but is now among the top marathoners in the US An all-time four-time American at American University, D’Amato ran briefly after college until when ankle surgery “ends” her run. 2008.

“It’s special, to think that this dream ‘disappeared’ a decade ago, and somehow I still believe,” D’Amato explains.

In 2016, when her husband, Anthony, was deployed with the Air National Guard and D’Amato was left to care for their two toddlers, she continued to do it to have some “for me” time. In March 2017, she ran her first marathon (3:14:54) seven months after giving birth and in 2018 was fast enough to qualify for the US Olympic Teams Marathon – Marathon , where she placed 15th.

Her real breakthrough came in 2020 when she ran 2:22:56 in the Marathon Project, making her the seventh fastest US woman in history.

D’Amato works full-time as a real estate agent, a job she says takes the pressure off her executive job.

“The community has debuted and supported a lot”, D’Amato thanked the audience. “Just heard people cheering – they don’t even know who I am but they were out there cheering on their lawns and everything. I’m so grateful.”

Right before donning the winner’s traditional cowboy hat, she declared, “I love Houston! This is probably my favorite city in the world! Thank you for bringing me to this great city! your great.” Meet 2022 Women’s Marathon Winner Chevron Houston, Keira D’Amato

Dais Johnston

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