Keira D’Amato took to the tracks after a break of seven years and has not looked back. On Sunday, D’Amato broke the US women’s field marathon record by finishing the 26.2-mile marathon (42.1 kilometres) with the winning time of 2:19:12.
The 37-year-old mother of two broke the previous record set in 2006 by runner Deena Kastor by 30 seconds. Kastor later congratulated D’Amato on Twitter.
— Deena Kastor (@DeenaKastor) January 16, 2022
Keira D’Amato runs 2:19:12 to win the Houston Marathon and break Deena Kastor’s 16-year-old American record of 2:19:36.
One of the most incredible stories in distance running history. Took essentially 7 years off in the middle of her career. Now owns an iconic American record. pic.twitter.com/XutrBniAHm
— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) January 16, 2022
Best story in sports today: @KeiraDAmato, mom, real estate broker, returned after running hiatus to break American marathon record in Houston. Going to play this interview on a loop for inspiration. And @SaraHall3 breaks US half record! #womenrule https://t.co/MEcvcyMEnY
— Liz Robbins (@bylizrobbins) January 16, 2022
— Natasha Wodak (@tasha_wodak) January 16, 2022
An interview I won’t soon forget.
After breaking the American record in winning the @HoustonMarathon, @KeiraDAmato‘s son Tommy joins us on stage with a message for Momma – and not only on his handmade sign.https://t.co/9roeIBd8e2 @abc13houston #RunHou https://t.co/qNEUars0D2 pic.twitter.com/A1rBsIFXHY
— Adam Winkler (@AdamWinkABC13) January 16, 2022
After the record-breaking feat, D’Amato expressed her satisfaction. “I just can’t believe this! I’m really tired, but I’m really, really happy!” she was quoted as saying by local television channel ABC13 Houston. “Age is just a number. It just doesn’t even matter how old you are, you can chase your dreams. I’m just so fortunate to have a family that supported that.”
D’Amato was greeted at the finishing line of the 50th anniversary of the Chevron Houston Marathon by her children, Tommy and Quinn who are aged seven and five respectively. She underwent ankle surgery in 2008 and thought that her distance running career was over. However, she started running again in 2016 and soon became one of the fastest marathoners in America.
D’Amato’s story is inspiring many people who want to go back to their creative or athletic ambitions.