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Against all odds with Aliphine Tuliamuk & Abdi Abdirahman
The Outside Games speaker series celebrates our Outside community by bringing you an intimate conversation with the world's most elite athletes. In this session, you'll hear from marathoners Aliphine Tuliamuk and Abdi Abdirahman about what it takes to return to the elite level at critical stages in life. Aliphine is going to Tokyo just over six months after giving birth, and Abdi, at 43, will be the oldest American runner there. Hosts: Editors Jen Ator (Women’s Running) and Molly Mirhashem (Outside Magazine).

Jun 15, 2021 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Aliphine Tuliamuk
Marathon Runner
Aliphine Tuliamuk is an extremely rare athlete—between winning the 2020 U.S. Marathon Trials and competing at Tokyo this summer, Aliphine had a baby girl Zoe with fiance Tim. Zoe was born in January 2021, giving Aliphine about six months to get ready for the games. The Kenyan-born runner grew up in a small village from Posoy, Rift Valley and became a U.S. citizen in 2016, the same year she won the USA Track & Field 25k, 5k and 20k titles. The 32-year-old pro runs for HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite and has won 10 USATF titles and in 2017 placed first at the USA Cross Country Championships.
Abdi Abdirahman
Marathon runner
At age 43, Abdihakim ‘Abdi’ Abdirahman is the oldest runner to qualify to head to Tokyo where he will represent his country for the fifth time. Abdi, nicknamed the “Black Cactus,” is a native of Somalia who became a U.S. citizen in 2000, ten years after he and his family moved to the United States. They settled in Tucson, Arizona, where Abdi still resides. Abdi finished third in his 17th career marathon at the 2020 U.S. Team Trials, qualifying for the U.S. team 20 years after first doing so. He is also a four-time USATF Champion at 10,000-meters, a distance that he previously competed in the years 2000, 2004, and 2008. In 2016, Abdirahman finished third at the TCS New York City Marathon, making him the oldest male runner to make the podium. He then broke the USATF Masters marathon record in the 40-44 age group at the same event in 2019, finishing in 2:11:34. He beat his own record at the 2020 Trials, with a time of 2:10:03.