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Keira D'Amato's Star-Studded Team of Elites in the Great American 5000

Great American 5000 logo and course map

Great American 5000 logo and course map

The 2022 version of the Great American 5000 kicks off on Saturday, June 18, and the third running of the event features the most star-STUD-ded field in its history. The extra emphasis is on STUD because Keira D’Amato is back with her Team Studs, and it is loaded with some of the best female runners in America. The lineup features Olympians, record holders, and previous winners of some of the most prestigious races in the world, including the Boston Marathon.

You can see the whole team announcement series courtesy of Keira’s Instagram, @keiradamato, complete with stats, action photos, fun facts, and no shortage of friendly trash talking towards a certain team of Slugs (more on that later). If you missed the announcements in real time, take a look at the Studs roster:

  • Keira D’Amato – American Marathon Record holder (2:19:12); two-time USA Track & Field national champion; American record holder for the women’s-only 10-mile distance
  • Emily Sisson – 2020 U.S. Olympic Track 10k Trials champion, competed in 2020 Tokyo Olympics, current American Half Marathon Record Holder (1:07:11)
  • Aliphine Tuliamuk – 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials champion, competed in 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  • Des Linden – Two-time Olympian, 2018 Boston Marathon champion, 50k World Record holder (2:59:54)
  • Molly Seidel – Bronze medalist, 2020 Tokyo Olympics Marathon; 2nd place, 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials; American course record holder in the New York Marathon
  • Emma Bates – U.S. Marathon national champion, U.S. 25k national champion, 2014 NCAA 10,000m champion, 12-time NCAA All-American
  • Emily Infeld – competed in 2016 Olympics in the 10,000m race; 10,000m Bronze medalist in the 2015 World Track & Field Championships
  • Sara Hall – 2020 Marathon Project champion; 2018 US 20k road champion; 2018 Women’s US 10-mile road champion; former American Half Marathon Record Holder (1:07:15)
  • Jacky Hurt-Broersma – World record holder for running 104 marathons in 104 days (among other records)
  • Dakotah Lindwurm – 2021 Grandma’s Marathon winner; 3rd place, 2022 USA Track & Field 25k Championships; 3rd place, 2021 USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championships; 2017 NCAA All-American
  • Camille Herron – USATF 100-mile national champion; 50-mile age group world record (6:08:24), a 12-hour world record (94.5 miles), has more than a dozen American records and 10 world records
  • Nell Rojas – 10-Mile National Champion, 2019 Grandma’s Marathon winner, top American in the last two Boston Marathons
Keira D'Amato

Keira D’Amato, American Marathon Record Holder

That’s quite a team of Studs, as the name indicates. It’s an incredible collection of individuals who compete against each other regularly in races around the U.S. and the world, but they also have a great deal of mutual respect for each other. Now, they’re working together to take on the 5,000k (3,107-mile) route across America, from San Francisco to New York, aiming to be the first team across the finish line.

There will be no shortage of competitors trying to beat them there, and that includes the Slugs, led by Keira’s husband Anthony. As she explained in her initial post for the 2022 event, the rivalry started before the inaugural Great American 5000 in 2020 with a debate: what if she had 12 elite female runners (Team Studs), and he had “a team of underdogs…everything from Dad Bods to Walking Grannies, lovingly named Team Slugs, who would win?”

Well, in both 2020 and 2021, the Slugs won. So, as Keira explained, in 2022, “I’ve recruited the fiercest Studs and I can assure you, none of these ladies like losing.”

Recruit your team now for the Great American 5000

Find your team now for the Great American 5000

With the race getting underway on June 18, you can keep track of the Studs vs. Slugs battle on Keira’s Instagram, as well as by following @GreatAmerican5000 on social media. Or, if you’re really feeling inspired, recruit your team and sign up by the registration deadline on June 30.

Once you’re registered, your crew of 12 or 24 people can start chipping away at the 5,000k trek—that’s as few as 36.6 miles per day for your team (1.52 for each individual on a team of 24). Run, walk, hike—it can all count towards your team’s mileage. You can even make your achievement mean more by donating and helping raise funds for Feeding America, the official Race Charity.

Whether you’re taking part yourself or just following the progress as teams move across the country, be sure to keep a close eye on Studs vs. Slugs. It’s sure to be one of the hottest battles of the summer in a very unique and exciting event.

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