NEW YORK – It didn’t take long to Aliphine Tuliamuk finding the air conditioning after finishing seventh as the top American in the hottest New York Marathon since 1985.
She picked up her giggling 21 month old daughter, Zoeand placed his face directly in front of the cool air.
“To be honest with you, I don’t think it was as bad as expected,” Tuliamuk said of the temperature, which hit 73 degrees as she crossed the finish line in Central Park. “I was on point with my hydration.”
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Well deserved time in front of the air conditioner for @mamaZoeCherotch (and her daughter Zoe) after finishing as the top American of the hottest season #TCSNYCMathon since 1985 pic.twitter.com/EqV7pCDxN4
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She clocked a personal best time of 2:26:18, despite ankle swelling preventing her from developing. She estimated that she only had five weeks of training before taking the final two weeks to shrink.
“I excel when the conditions aren’t perfect,” she said. “I rose to the occasion, and I believe today was the case.”
Seventh place was the lowest ranking of the best American in New York since 2015, when Laura Thweatt also finished seventh.
“I remember going into the race thinking if I could get into the top seven that would be really good,” Tuliamuk said. “I obviously wanted more.”
Tuliamuk begins shifting his focus to the Olympic Trials in the first quarter of 2024 at a venue to be announced.
She plans to run a marathon in the spring of 2023, which could be her last marathon before the trials, where the top three are expected to make up the Paris Games squad.
“Once the [trials] the timeline is done,” she said, “we’re going to work backwards from that.
“I think the next Olympic team will be really, really difficult to form.”
Tuliamuk identified Emma Bates, Keira D’Amato, Molly Seidel and Emilie Sisson as his toughest competition. Sisson broke the American record at the Chicago Marathon in October, clocking 2:18:29 to lower D’Amato’s Jan. 16 record by 43 seconds. Seidel won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
“There are so many Americans right now who are doing wonders,” Tuliamuk said. “It’s like you just have to have a perfect day.”
Tuliamuk made his Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games. She did not finish the race, seven months after giving birth.
“I really want to be on the next Olympic team,” she said. “The last one, the pandemic and having a kid, I never really got to represent my country the way I wanted to.”
Tuliamuk will be 35 in 2024. The United States Women’s Olympic Marathon Team has included a 35-year-old woman at three of the past four Games.
“I really want a medal for my country,” she said. “I think I have a lot of racing in me. I have a lot of speed.”
Bates, 30, finished 35 seconds behind Tuliamuk for eighth place on Sunday.
“These hills were a lot tougher than I imagined,” said Bates, who revealed she hadn’t looked at the course map before the race.
Bates wore a snake ring and matching earrings when she made her New York debut, a year after finishing second in the Chicago Marathon.
“I think I’m going to take more risks next time,” she said. “I hope I will do better next time. I want to be in the top five. »
It was 48 hours for Bates, who was inducted into the Boise State Hall of Fame on Friday. She had planned to celebrate with a Modelo beer.
A champion runner and a champion for runners, now a member of the Boise State Hall of Famer.
“She’s been able to touch so many people just by being open about how she feels and how she’s doing and I think that’s a really cool part of Emma Bates.” –Brad Wick pic.twitter.com/fAgz6YZ7Lm
— Boise State Broncos (@BroncoSports) November 5, 2022
Tuliamuk dreamed up a more tame celebration, including showing Zoe around Central Park and other tourist attractions.
“I’m so grateful to be able to do anything,” she said. “I’m able to race at the highest level of our sport and be a mom at the same time.”
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