Loris looks like an All-American girl who loves to run, but if you are fortunate enough to speak to her, you immediately hear a beautiful #Italianaccent & know she did not grow up in Houston. Her upbringing & continuing world travels have given her an appreciation for the rich culture & history of European cities. Although Houston does not have thousands of years of historical traditions, she thinks the City should be tremendously proud of the grandeur & beauty of Memorial Park. When she is driving to her work at a high-end salon near #TheGalleria, she prefers to take Memorial Drive through the Park. The route allows her to be under the canopy of the majestic trees & glance at the people on the trail. In recent weeks, w/ all of the construction on the 610 Loop, she has been forced to take another route & says it is “just ugly” when compared to the beauty of the Park. In 2011 Loris decided to join the #BayouCityRoadRunners for one of their long runs. She appreciated that the club made sure someone stayed w/ her so she would not get lost. Also she enjoyed talking to the other members. She says she was surprised to realize that #BCRR has a many members who are highly educated and/or leaders in the business community. She jokes that if she ever gets sick during a BCRR event, there will be at least 10 doctors who will be there to attend to her needs. Although she enjoyed running & racing Loris never had a desire to run a marathon. Then in 2011 a friend insisted she apply for the 2012 #HoustonMarathon lottery. To her surprise, her application was accepted & she began training for the upcoming race. Then, to her even bigger surprise, she ran fast enough to qualify for the 2013 #BostonMarathon where she ended up finishing 34 min before the bombs exploded. Despite the devastating circumstances of that day, she was inspired to always run her best & be an advocate for the incredible, selfless individuals who make up the running community. Loris has a #tattooon her right arm that is written in Latin, which she studied as a child. It translates to “Live each day as if it was your last” & that unreserved attitude characterizes her compassionate, fun approach to life.