How Keira D’Amato Ran the Race of Her Life


On a chilly, breezy day this earlier weekend in Houston, 37-calendar year-outdated Keira D’Amato established a new American history in the marathon. Working with her pacers Calum Neff and Silas Frantz, she finished in 2:19:12—24 seconds more quickly than Deena Kastor’s mark, which was set at the 2006 London Marathon. In advance of very last Sunday, Kastor was the only American woman to have broken the 2:20 barrier her benchmark had survived the illustrious occupations of athletes like Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher and the introduction of the “super shoe” period. It was, as Letsrun experienced it, “the one particular American file every person preferred.”

Right up until lately, couple men and women would have picked D’Amato as Kastor’s possible successor. Despite the fact that she experienced been an All-American in faculty, D’Amato subsequently expended a long time away from the activity, doing work full-time as a realtor and

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