Aliphine has been a world class athlete since competing at the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships in high school for her native Kenya. She grew up in a tiny village called Posoy and was given her first pair of running shoes by two-time New York City Marathon champion Tegla Loroupe. Eventually running brought her to the United States where she studied public health science, something near and dear to her heart. She hopes to go into public health care after her competitive running days are over.
Aliphine received her U.S. citizenship in April of 2016 and promptly won the USATF 25k Championships less than a month later. She would go on to win the 2016 20k and 5k titles as well. She would then do one better in 2017, winning four USATF titles (cross country, 25k, 10k and 7 miles). That year also saw her run 1:09:58 for the half marathon in Houston and finish 15th at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, the top U.S. finisher. She joined our team in January of 2018 and in May she won the USATF Half Marathon Championships in 1:10:03. She followed that up a week later with a win at the USATF 25k Championships. She was then second at the BolderBOULDER 10k, the NYRR Mini 10k and the Peachtree Road Race. In early 2019, she was fourth at the USATF Cross Country Championships and won the Gasparilla Half Marathon. Then, in April, she was third at the Rotterdam Marathon in a huge personal best of 2:26:50. Her spring/summer season started well with a third place finish at the BOLDERBoulder 10k before an injury cut the rest of the season short. Despite an abbreviated fall training segment she then finished 12th at the TCS NYC Marathon in 2:28:12.
She kicked off 2020 by setting a team record for the half marathon (1:09:49) at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Then, on February 29, in Atlanta, Georgia, she WON the Olympic Trials Marathon in 2:27:23, becoming our team’s first Olympian.
A graduate of Wichita State University, Aliphine was a 14-time All American, earning runner-up honors twice over 10,000 meters at the NCAA Championships. She still holds multiple school records including the outdoor 5,000 meters (15:18.86) and 10,000 (32:07.20).