USA rosters announced for Bolder Boulder International Team Challenge

2018 women’s runner-up Aliphine Tuliamuk returns to field

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Former Colorado star Shalaya Kipp will be part of Team USA for the Bolder Boulder’s International Team Challenge

A distinguished roster of runners will attempt to land an elusive first-place finish for the United States at the 41st annual Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day.

On Tuesday, race organizers announced the lineups for the men’s and women’s teams for the International Team Challenge, which was last won by an American men’s team in 2017 and hasn’t been won on the women’s side since 2006.

Leading the men’s team will be Jared Ward, who was the top American finisher (eighth overall) at the New York Marathon in November and Tyler McCandless, who won the 2018 Bolder Boulder citizen’s race last year and finished second in the marathon at the 2017 USA Marathon Championships.

The women’s team will feature former Colorado Buffaloes star Shalaya Kipp along with Aliphine Tuliamuk, who finished second at last year’s women’s International Team Challenge. Tuliamuk finished 11 seconds behind Ethiopia’s Mamita Daska, who won the elite 10-kilometer race for a record sixth time in 2018.

Rounding out the women’s squad will be Lindsey Scherf, who finished sixth last year on a USA women’s red team finished second behind Daska’s Ethiopian team; Taylor Ward, who finished third at the FORTitude pro 10K in Fort Collins last year; 2017 women’s citizen’s race winner Lauren Martin Masterson; a Deanna Ardrey, Stephanie Bruce, Melissa Dock, and Kaitlin Goodmen.

The remainder of the men’s team will be comprised of Parker Stinson, Haron Lagat, Reid Buchanan, Reed Fischer, Tim Rackers, Jake Riley, and Diego Estrada, who finished eighth last year and is the top returning American in the professional field.

The remainder of the international field will be announced at a later date.

“We’re ready for a super competitive international event thanks to the athlete’s continuing commitment to the race, “ Bolder Boulder race director Cliff Bosley said in a statement. “Some of the top-ranked teams are trained in both altitude and marathon running and bring a competitive edge that keeps the event exhilarating to watch each and every year.”