**VIDEO FOR DOWNLOAD: Congresswoman Congratulates D’Amato on Breaking Record, Recognizes Her as Ambassador for the Sport of Running**
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger last night honored Seventh District resident Keira D’Amato on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives following the runner’s victory at the Chevron Houston Marathon earlier this year — in which D’Amato set the U.S. women’s marathon record.
Spanberger praised D’Amato for her tireless work ethic, demonstrated passion for running, and ability to inspire the next generation of marathon runners in Central Virginia and across the country. D’Amato lives in Midlothian in Chesterfield County.
Click here to watch Spanberger’s remarks. A full transcript of her remarks is below
Madam Speaker, I stand here to recognize the incredible achievement of Midlothian resident Keira D’Amato.
Earlier this year, Keira broke the American record for the women’s marathon — winning the Chevron Houston Marathon with a 2-hour, 19-minute, and 12-second finish.
For those of you keeping score — that’s 24 seconds faster than the previous record, which was set back in 2006.
This new record demonstrates Keira’s remarkable resiliency. It shows her undeniable passion. And it highlights her proven ability to overcome injuries and adversity.
As a mother of two, Keira is not just a winner — but she is also an ambassador for her sport. Her enthusiasm is already inspiring the next generation of Virginia marathon runners.
So today — on behalf of Virginia’s Seventh District — I want to congratulate Keira on making Chesterfield County, Central Virginia, and our entire Commonwealth proud.
We are honored to be the home of a true American champion.
I yield back.