Aliphine Tuliamuk, who works as a caregiver part time in Santa Fe recently competed in and won the AJC Peachtree Road Race.
Aliphine has been competing in races since 2005 and is studying to be a nurse. It was her ninth place finish in a race as a junior in Kenya that propelled her into racing. Aliphine has always wanted to be a nurse, and after acing Kenya's critical eight grade exam she was able to get into a good high school where she continued to excel both academically and athletically. However, the costs of college were out of reach for her family as she has 31 siblings. That did not stop Aliphine, her uncle - who was also her running coach - started researching scholarship opportunities after her top 10 finish in the World Cross Country even.
Tuliamuk first enrolled at Iowa State but then transferred to Wichita State because of their highly rated nursing program. After picking up some hard earned credits Tuliamuk switched her major to public health and earned her degree in 2013. Just last year Tuliamuk also picked up her U.S. citizenship. Tuliamuk saw it as both a way to help her family and was “the least I could do, because I wanted to give back to this country that gave me an amazing opportunity. It’s an amazing, awesome country. I am so proud to be an American.”
Aliphine continues to excel both as a professional racer and working as a dedicated caregiver in our Santa Fe office - we our so proud of her and all that she has accomplished.
Congratulations Aliphine and thanks for being part of our lives!