Keira D'Amato to visit for Twin City Track Club's Winter Seminar weekend

The former U.S. record-holder for 26.2 miles will compete in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials two weeks before coming to the Triad.

Keira D'Amato to visit for Twin City Track Club's Winter Seminar weekend

The Twin City Track Club has made its Winter Seminar a can't-miss running event in the Triad since its debut in 1988.

And the seminar in February 2024 will be no different.

Keira D'Amato, the former U.S. record-holder in the marathon, will visit Winston-Salem on Feb. 17-18, just two weeks after she is scheduled to race in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Orlando, Fla.

D'Amato, 39, lives with her husband, Tony, and two children in Richmond, Va. She broke the U.S. marathon mark, held by Olympic medalist Deena Kastor for 19 years, with a time of 2:19:12 at the Houston Marathon in January 2022 and held it until Emily Sisson ran a 2:18:29 at the Chicago Marathon in October 2022.

D'Amato set the U.S. half marathon record with a 1:06:37 at the Gold Coast Half Marathon in July 2023 in Australia. She also holds the world-best for a women's-only 10-mile race (51:23). The three-time USA Track & Field national champion competed at the 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon trials and in the 2022 world championships.

D’Amato’s success has evolved after she quit running for eight years because of injuries. After giving birth to the couple’s son and daughter, she wanted to lose the baby weight and returned to running in 2016. D’Amato and her husband operate the Potomac River Running store, =PR= Run and Walk by Keira D’Amato, in Midlothian, Va., and she’s also a Realtor.

“Everyone says we should slow down in our 30s, that our peak’s over,” she told Abigail Cuffey for Women’s Health in 2023. “I’m going to prove them wrong. I’m not going to slow down. I’m going to get faster. Showing yourself how powerful you are is life-changing.”

Des Linden, the 2018 Boston Marathon champion and Olympian, visited Winston-Salem in January 2023 for the winter seminar and also ran in the Frosty Fifty's 25K race.

Previous Winter Seminar guests have included Abbey D’Agostino Cooper, Donnie Cowart, Sarah Rapp, Dave McGillivray, Uta Pippig, Zola Budd, Bart Yasso and Jeff Galloway.

The 2024 Winter Seminar weekend activities, all scheduled for the Historic Brookstown Inn in Winston-Salem, will include:

• Mix and Mingle with Keira: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Cotton Mill Lounge & Foyer. Cost: $60.

• Winter Seminar: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Grand Ballroom. Cost: $25.

• Community PUN Run: 8:30 a.m. Feb. 18. Benefits H.O.P.E of Winston-Salem. Cost: $20.

Prices will increase after Jan. 31. Twin City Track Club members receive a $5 discount for events.

Click to learn more and to sign up.

Running Shorts Resources

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Race Days: Road and trail races in the Triad
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Running groups in the Triad: Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point and more
A directory of running groups across the Triad that are free to join and would welcome you.
Tracks in the Triad: Here’s where you can run and walk
A guide to tracks in Guilford and Forsyth counties that are considered open for runners and walkers.