By Emme Punches,
Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator
Located in Newton, MA between mile 20 and 21, is the infamous Heartbreak Hill. Every runner keeps this climb in mind as they train diligently for the run. It’s the final crest they face as they head into the last 5.2 miles of their grueling journey, and it’s the hardest challenge they overcome before their feet finally cross the finish line.
Most runners practice for Heartbreak Hill by racing up similar sized hills, but Lori Potocki is not most runners…
“There are no hills in Houston… so I’ve been running up garage ramps, overpasses, and the like. I hope I’ll be ready for Heartbreak Hill!”
Although the hill may be heartbreaking, and the 26.2 miles an exhausting test of human endurance, it is nothing compared to what Lori has already achieved. She has already completed two marathons in 2016 and 2017, and achieved 1st place in her age group for the Texas Oilman 70.3 in 2014.
After the Boston Marathon, Lori has her sights set on completing a full Ironman, that’s 140.6 miles. With unparalleled determination, we have no doubt that Lori will finish the Boston Marathon and her future endeavors with flying colors!