ALIPHINE TULIAMUK TO RUN 2019 NN ROTTERDAM MARATHON
The nine-time national champion will race one of the world’s fastest courses
FLAGSTAFF, (AZ) – February 13, 2019 – HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite has announced that nine-time United States national champion, Aliphine Tuliamuk, will run the 2019 NN Rotterdam Marathon on April 7. The race will be Tuliamuk’s first marathon since joining HOKA NAZ Elite in January of 2018.
Tuliamuk said she is looking forward to giving the marathon another shot.
“I am so excited that I get the opportunity to run the NN Rotterdam Marathon in a few weeks,” Tuliamuk said. “It is a very fast course, the weather is usually great and the race has been won by my all time running role-model, Tegla Loroupe. All of this excites me, and keeps me optimistic. I am due for a long-awaited marathon breakthrough, and I sure hope that Rotterdam takes care of that.”
Tuliamuk is coming off a year in 2018 that saw her win national titles in the half marathon and the 25k, as well as notch runner-up finishes at the BolderBOULDER 10k, the New York Road Runners Mini 10k and the Peachtree Road Race. More recently, she finished fourth at the 2019 USATF Cross Country Championships, a race that featured arguably the deepest field in the history of the event.
Though her personal bests at shorter distances, including a 1:09:49 half marathon, suggest a fast marathon is in her future, Tuliamuk’s fastest marathon to date is the 2:33:18 she ran at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.
HOKA NAZ Elite head coach Ben Rosario said that he is confident Tuliamuk will thrive at the marathon distance.
“One of the reasons Aliphine joined our team was to train for the marathon and I think all of us, myself and her teammates, see it as our responsibility to ensure she reaches her potential in that event,” Rosario said. “Rotterdam will be the perfect place to get off to a great start, but really it will just be the beginning of what I believe will be a stellar marathon career.”
Tuliamuk will run the Gasparilla Half Marathon on February 24, the only race on her schedule between now and Rotterdam.
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