Niki Tsiotos, who along with her twin sister, Poli, helped lead the Winthrop High women’s basketball team to the North Section title and a trip to the Boston Garden, will compete in the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Niki, 25, will run for Angel Fund, a charity which is committed to finding a cure for ALS.
“I’ve been training since the end of December (2021),” Niki said. “I ran with a friend of mine, Mikayla Walsh, who also runs the Marathon.”
This will be Niki’s first appearance in the 26.2-mile race that stretches from Hopkinton to Boston.
“I’ve never been in a road race,” Niki said. “I’ve always played basketball and played in the AAU.”
Niki has raised $12,256 to date for The Angel Fund.
“The Angel Fund has worked closely with my uncle, George [Mazareas], who was diagnosed with ALS two decades ago and has been living with it for so long. Mazareas played college basketball at Tufts University and professionally overseas in Greece.
Niki expects to see her parents, Chris and Angela, and her sister, Poli, during the marathon. “They were extremely supported and Poli is delighted with my race. I really want to see people I know at Mile 20, because they say at Mile 20, it’s mental to finish the race,” Niki said.
Niki graduated in 2020 from the College of Saint Rose (Albany), where she played three years of basketball. “I had a great time as a college athlete there and miss pushing myself to my athletic breaking point, so the marathon is a good challenge,” said Niki, who still plays basketball and will participate in the national Teddy K tournament in Hellenic. College in May.
Niki continues the Tsiotos family tradition of athletic and academic excellence in the marathon. His father, Chris, a barrister, is one of the top players at Winthrop High and Suffolk University and has played professionally overseas. Winthrop High School’s basketball court is named in his honor.
Niki said she was also inspired throughout her life by her cousin, Dino Mallios, who played basketball as a point guard at Saint Anselm College, leading the country in assists at one point. given.
“I used to go to all the Dino games growing up,” Niki said. “He’s the reason I wanted to play in the North-10. Between Dino, Vasili (now Division 1 college basketball referee), Katerina (Babson College) my dad and all the other basketball players in my family, I was inspired to play.
Niki said her senior season (2015) at Winthrop High was a career highlight when she, as captain, teamed up with her sister, Poli, Kristen Siscamanis, Nina Bartlette and Maura Lanza to post a record of 20-4 and defeat Bishop Fenwick, in a thriller. in the North Section final at the Tsongas Center. In addition to basketball, Niki also played football for Head Coach Tracy Martucci, another phenomenal WHS athlete.
Niki, who holds a degree in commercial marketing from Saint Rose, is the marketing manager of Toro Media.
But on Marathon Monday, Niki Tsiotos will focus on the daunting challenge of running 26 miles and 385 yards.
“Hopefully I catch the racing bug and want to start again,” Niki said. “I feel like I have so much support, I could do it again. It feels good to do it for a good cause.”