If anyone is owning 2022, it’s Keira D’Amato. In January, the Midlothian mother broke the American women’s marathon world record in Houston with a time of two hours, 12 minutes + 12 seconds — that’s quicker than Editor Katie’s half marathon time last September. Less than a month later, she placed eighth in the world running with Team USA in Oregon.
Now, she’s opening up her own running store in Midlothian while training for her next World Championship.
Keira started running at Oakton High School in Vienna, VA. | Photo by @pr_rva
=PR= Run & Walk by Keira D’Amato(15712 WC Main St.) will hold its grand opening celebration at its spot in the Westchester Commons next weekend. She’ll be in attendance throughout the weekend to chat + take photos.
Keira says she’s done all her trainingin and around Richmond — her fave is Pocahontas State Park — and the store is her way of giving back to the running community.
“Richmond is probably the friendliest running city in the world,” Keira said. “They have no idea who I am, but they’re just cheering for someone out there running. It’s just a really supportive place to be.”
The scanner can measure your foot size, arch, and offer support suggestions. | Photo by @therictoday
Keira says a good amount of the gear she sells, she uses herself. The shop has a variety of national shoe brands for walkers and runners alike, as well as apparel, electronics to wear on the run + health and wellness essentials.
“It’s a dream of ours to give back, to connect with the local running community, and to assist on everyone’s personal running journey,” Keira said.
However, it’s not your average running store. =PR= offers a personalized shoe fit process. That means using 3D technology, cameras, and a gait test to understand all aspects of your feet — the literal foundation of running.
Solid Axle Showdown | Fri., Aug. 5-Sun., Aug. 7 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Keystone Antique Truck & Tractor Museum, 880 W. Roslyn Rd. | $20+ | Join Showtime R/C Motorsports for this Remote Control Monster Truck Rally over the weekend.
Mike Epps | Fri., Aug. 5 | 8 p.m. | Altria Theater | $52+ | The comic and actor will share his talents with Richmond. 🎭
39th Annual VA Outdoor Sportsman Show | Fri., Aug. 5-Sat., Aug. 7 | Hours vary | Meadow Event Park, 13191 Dawn Blvd. | $5 | Head to Doswell to learn from hunting experts, shop and try out gear + attend seminars from outdoor sports guides.
Over the James 2022 | Sat., Aug. 6 | 4-11 p.m. | Brown’s Island | $35 | Catch massive musical acts featuring AVAIL, Quicksand, Cave In, Ceremony, Screaming Females, + Terminal Bliss. 🎶
Henrico’s Got Talent | Sat., Aug. 6 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Dorey Park Farmers Market, 2999 Darbytown Rd. | Free | Open to all ages, locals can show off their talents live on stage. 🎤
“Modern Times” | Sun., Aug. 7 | 2 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre | $8 | Watch this 1936 Chaplin classic in the historic movie palace. 🎥
Drag Brunch | Sun., Aug. 7 | 12-2:30 p.m. | Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop, 3406 Leigh St. | Free entry | Cheers away the Sunday scaries with queens Michelle Livigne + Wette Midler. 🥂
RVA Bachata Sunday | Sun., Aug. 7 | 4-8 p.m. | Tabol Brewing, 704 Dawn St. | $5 | Move your feet down to Tabol for a night of family-friendly Latin dance. 💃
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BrewHaHa marks the opening of the museum’s latest exhibit on VA history in brewing, distilling + fermenting, “Cheers, Virginia!” A ticket to the festival gets you inside to see all of the newly-renovated displays.
Two more VMHC festivals, Virginia Distilled + Virginia Vines, will be held on Sat., Sept. 17 and Sat., Oct. 15 respectively. We celebrate all spirits here in Richmond.
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Two local plant-based restaurants have shut down as of last month. According to Richmond BizSense, Saadia’s Juice Box and Yoga Bar in Jackson Ward has a closed permanently sign in its window. Hang Space, a vegan eatery in Bon Air, announced its closure on Instagram on July 23. 💔
Suzy Sno is serving once again. The snowball shop has relocated to the old Sweet 95 storefront on Arthur Ashe Boulevard. The owners say the move from Jackson Ward was due to issues with parking, street closures + electrical systems. ❄️
Know a local creative? The Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory in the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU is surveyingRichmond artists. The researchers want to better understand how the success of cities + its arts communities are connected. 🎨
A first-of-its-kind recovery academywas unveiled in Chesterfield on Tuesday. The academy will help high school students from all over Central VA heal from substance abuse disorders. The facility is located within the Career and Technical Center on Hull Street, and will officially open with its first 25 students on Mon., Aug. 22. (NBC12)
Artspace’s 7th Annual Fine Art Auction, “A Feast for Your Eyes,” will hold its opening receptiononFri., Sept. 23 from 6-9 p.m. at its new gallery space at the Stratford Hills Shopping Center. The silent auction + future events will benefit Feed More through Oct. 8. 🖼
Ready to run? The Sports Backers Half Marathon Training Team kicks off its 14-week program tomorrow. The team meets at City Stadium on weekends, with long runs led by experienced coaches. Registration is $160, which includes entrance into the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon on Sat., Nov. 12. 👟
The Chesterfield County Fair is back from Sat., Aug. 26-Sat. Sept. 3 at the fairgrounds on Courthouse Road.For its 111th year, guests can expect classic rides, competitions, parades, pageants + special activities like ax throwing and escape rooms. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 13. 🎡
Henrico County needs a name for its proposed animal adoption center, and they want your help. Residents can submit name ideas for the shelter, which will be voted on in the general election on Tues., Nov. 8. Submissions are open through the end of August. 🐶
$50,000. That’s how much money the Kiwanis Foundation has donated to the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for its upcoming Wonder Tower. This grant will go towards building new playrooms throughout the upcoming inpatient pediatric hospital, which is still under construction. 💸 (RVAHub)
NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace is hosting his own “Bubba’s Block Party” at the Richmond Raceway on Thurs., Aug. 11 from 4-8 p.m. The event will feature live pit stops, music by Wale + DJ DMO, and a food truck village featuring local Black-owned businesses. It’s free, but you can RSVP. 🏁 (ABC8 News)
The Valentine museum has debuted a new gallery tour. “Richmond Short Stories” will be available every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. starting August 10. The free tour will feature a staff member guiding guests through a 30-minute breakdown of important, diverse stories of Richmond history.
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