Elite runner Keira D’Amato helps kick off Girls on the Run season and she will receive a gubernatorial proclamation!!
Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond is kicking off its fall season this month with the help of a world-record-holding runner from Midlothian.
Keira Carlstrom D’Amato, who set the record last year for the fastest time in a women’s-only 10-miler, will join the GOTR team at J.B. Watkins Elementary School in Midlothian for their practice on Tuesday, September 21. D’Amato, who grew up in Northern Virginia, was a four-time all-American runner at American University in Washington, D.C. where she remains the most decorated runner in American University history.
D’Amato, a member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, finished among the top five American women in the 2019 Berlin Marathon, and in 2020 qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials. In the inaugural Up Dawg 10-Mile Race held in Washington, D.C. last November, D’Amato at age 36, broke the U.S. and world record for a women-only 10-mile road race. On Dec. 20, she finished her season with a runner-up finish at the Marathon Project in Chandler, AZ. Her time of 2:22:56 placed her seventh on the all-time list of fastest female American marathoners. She was honored as the Collegiate Running Association’s Athlete of the Year in 2020.
D’Amato is a mother of two and a real estate agent, billing herself as the “Running Realtor.” Coincidentally, her husband, Anthony, attended J.B. Watkins Elementary as a boy. She also has a niece and nephew who also attend the school.
Gov. Ralph Northam recently signed a proclamation recognizing D’Amato’s accomplishments. Del. Dawn Adams, who represents the 68th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, will be on hand at the school to present the proclamation to D’Amato. As a former Girls on the Run coach, D’Amato is an ambassador for Girls on the Run. The presentation is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond is a local non-profit with a mission to empower young girls to be more healthy, joyful, and confident. Utilizing a research-based curriculum to teach critical life skills, teams meet twice a week for eight weeks with trained volunteer coaches and build confidence and connectedness through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity. Lessons focus on building social, emotional, and physical skills in girls while encouraging healthy habits for life. The season concludes with a joyful and non-competitive 5k experience. This culmination gives girls a tangible sense of accomplishment and the confidence to be the author of her own story.
Building confidence and setting young girls down the path of a healthy lifestyle is PRICELESS. Girls on the Run couldn’t exist without the amazing community across Greater Richmond. Learn more about community partnership opportunities, bringing Girls on the Run to your child’s school or neighborhood, or sponsoring a participant by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richmond Road Runners Club's mission is to support running and healthy lifestyles in the Richmond, Virginia region. We do this by sponsoring races in our area, helping other organizations put on races, coaching training teams, supporting kids' running programs, supporting a variety of group runs, and awarding academic scholarships to college-bound runner athletes.
Event: Keira D’Amato at Girls on the Run
Where: J.B. Watkins Elementary School, 501 Coalfield Road, Midlothian, VA 23114
When: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021; 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Media Contact: Ruthie Burke,Ruthie.email@example.com (205) 310-5501
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