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Beyond the roster: Midlothian mom Keira D’Amato trains to be Olympic marathon runner

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. — When she was younger, Keira D’Amato wasn’t specifically interested in running. The northern Virginia native got into the sport to impress the soccer coach at Oakton High School.  But she quickly noticed she had a talent for the solitary sport that demands perseverance and discipline, even if it lets her mind wander. …

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Spurred on By Four-Legged Friends, Keira D’Amato Stays Smiling

By Jasmina Charania Training partners can be crucial to a runner’s success, especially those who need the extra motivation to keep pushing during marathon training. Keira D’Amato knows this to be true– but most of her running partners have four legs. “I think dogs get really excited to see me because I have a similar …

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This Virginia Marathoner Is the Champion of Returning Lost Dogs

Keira D’Amato goes the extra mile—sometimes literally—to make sure that the fluffy locals she meets are reunited with their owners. By GABRIELLE HONDORP NOV 22, 2019 When marathoner Keira D’Amato of Midlothian, Virginia, goes out for a run, she tends to attract furry company. Over the past year, D’Amato has found and returned eight runaway dogs to their …

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Oakton native has her root beer floats and eats them too on her way to an OTQ

Charlie Ban April 30, 2019 at 11:00am Keira D’Amato closes in on second place at the 2018 Richmond Marathon. Photo by Doug Ash Setting a PR in the 10k seems like it would make most people happy. Especially if they do it at age 34, more than a decade after the conclusion of an All-American running career. Not …

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Tips for Runners

Let’s be real, when you’re not a runner, running sucks. You see people running and they look miserable… and it’s those same people that are the first to tell you they just signed up for their next race. Wait, didn’t I just see you sweating your face off up that hill? You like doing that?!? …

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