Coaching

Phil Germakian (Endurance Sports Coach)

If you are new to trail running, an experienced runner yearning to explore more trails and mountains, tackle your first marathon or ultramarathon, or simply want to get fit and healthy by spending more time outside moving your body, then you have come to the right place.  Phil is a life-long athlete, student of sport, and a competitive runner of over 12 years.  He ran his first 5k race in 2004, and has been hooked on the sport ever since, quickly moving up in distance and building his endurance through road races, triathlons, and the Mountain-Ultra-Trail racing scene.  Phil has finished over 75 races from 1 mile to 62 miles (100k) in distance over the years, with many top 10 results, multiple podium finishes, and even a few wins!  Also, his 12 years of experience as an educator teaching people of all ages, has helped Phil develop a passion for helping people achieve their goals.

Running along the Continental Divide Trail. (Photo Credit: Joshua Addison Photography)

Training Philosophy:

I believe in applying an individualized and adaptive approach to training, using a variety of methods to activate and stress the body.  My goal is to keep the training both fun and interesting, so you stay healthy and motivated throughout the process, therefore keeping up that consistency needed to achieve lasting fitness.  Incorporating a variety of training stimuli, such as running on different surfaces, distances, speeds, elevations, grades, and developing strength all help to stress your body’s energy systems differently.  Following the simple formula of STRESS + REST = GROWTH, and learning how to listen to your body will go a long way in producing both a safe and positive training experience that results in you achieving your desired goals.

Guiding friends up Meeker Ridge. (Photo Credit: Joshua Addison Photography)

Above all, I just plain love running, especially in the mountains, and want to help people live a more active lifestyle. I focus my own training on self-improvement using a process driven approach, that balances the development of strength, speed, and endurance, while always keeping it fun.  As a coach, I prioritize growth and development, with the goal of helping the clients I work with improve themselves to become both better people and stronger athletes.

Here are my PR’s at some of the standard road and ultramarathon race distances.

Personal Records: 

  • Mile – 4:58 Road
  • 5k – 17:48 Road
  • 10k – 37:54 Road
  • Half Marathon – 1:27:17 Road
  • Marathon – 2:58:25 Road
  • 50k – 5:34:26 Trail
  • 50 Mile – 10:18:40 Trail
  • 100k – 12:24:00 Trail

Leading mountain running camp athletes up St. Vrain Mountain. (Photo Credit: Joshua Addison Photography)

Certifications: 

  • LYDIARD LEVEL 2 Certified Running Coach
  • USATF Level 1 Certified Running Coach
  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine & First Aid Certified
  • Colorado State Licensed Teacher: Elementary Education & Science Education
  • First Aid & CPR Certified

Athletics & Coaching Experience: 

  • 12 years of competitive running experience (2007 – Present)
  • Founder & Director of Singletrack Explorers: Mountain Running Camp (2016 – Present)
  • Coach for Boulder Mountain Warriors Youth XC Program (2018)
  • Leader of Flatirons Running Company Group Trail Run (2016 – 2017)
  • Flatirons Running Company Race Team (2016 – 2017)
  • Achilles International Boulder: Running Guide (2014 – 2017)
  • After-school Run Club Coach: Running River School (2015)
  • Boulder Running Company Shoe Fit Specialist (2013 – 2015)
  • Assistant High School Cross-Country & Wrestling Coach: The Dalton School (2012)
  • Founder & Director of the Lost Brook Trail Race (2010 – 2013)
  • Mountain Peak Fitness / Campmor Trail Running Team (2009-2013)
  • University of New Hampshire Varsity Wrestling Team & NCWA Nationals Qualifier (2002-2003)
  • Co-Captain of Pascack Valley High School Varsity Wrestling Team (2001-2002)

Leading an adventure run through Canyonlands National Park. (Photo Credit: Joshua Addison Photography)

Endurance Race History:

Phil has 12 Years of Competitive Running Experience with over 75 race finishes from 1 mile to 100k.  Here is a list of some of his memorable races.     

  • 2018: Mount Evans Ascent – 17th Overall
  • 2018: Cheyenne Mountain – 25K – 14th Overall
  • 2017: Bryce Canyon Ultra – 50 Mile – 9th Overall
  • 2017: Quad Rock – 25 Mile – Finisher
  • 2016: Calarat Challenge – Trail Half – 6th Overall
  • 2016: Speedgoat – 50K – Finisher
  • 2016: Golden Gate Dirty 30 – 50K – Finisher
  • 2015: Devil on the Divide – 50K – 6th Overall
  • 2015: Collegiate Peaks Trail Run – 25 Mile – 3rd Overall
  • 2015: Oakland Marathon – 2:58:26 – 13th Overall
  • 2015: Sourdough Snowshoe Race – 11 Mile – 2nd Overall
  • 2014: Louisville Trail 10K – 3rd Overall
  • 2014: Pikes Peak Ascent – Finisher
  • 2014: Fort Collins Trail 10K – 1st Overall
  • 2013: Moab Trail Half Marathon – Finisher
  • 2013: North Face EC Washington D.C. – 50K – Finisher
  • 2012: North Face EC New York – 50K – Finisher
  • 2012: Leatherman’s Loop 10K – 18th Overall
  • 2012: NJ Trail Series Febapple – 10 Mile – 3rd Overall
  • 2011: Mountain Madness 25K – 2nd Overall
  • 2011: NJ Trail Series Watchung 10 Mile – 1st Overall
  • 2011: North Face EC New York – Marathon Relay – 1st Team Overall
  • 2010: Chicago Marathon – 3:00:51
  • 2010: Mahlon Mayhem – 25K – 3rd Overall
  • 2010: South Mountain 100K – 3rd Overall
  • 2010: North Face EC New York – 50K – 5th Overall
  • 2010: Muddy Half-Marathon – 2nd Overall
  • 2010: Boston Marathon – 3:05:51
  • 2010: NJ Winter Trail Series – 10 Mile – 1st Overall
  • 2009: Wineglass Marathon – 3:03:55
  • 2009: Timberman Triathlon 70.3 Series – Half Ironman – Finisher
  • 2008: North Face EC California – 50 Mile – Finisher
  • 2007: NYC Men’s Health Urbanathlon – Finisher

Athlete Testimonials:

Josh racing the 2018 Red Hot 55K in Moab, Utah.

“Phil coached me for 4 months as I trained for the Red Hot 55k. I wanted to take my training to the next level and remain consistent. Phil definitely helped me with that by creating a customized training plan to fit my needs. The results showed in my race, as I got a personal best in the 50k distance. I highly recommend working with Phil for all of your coaching needs!” – Josh Addison


If you are interested in my coaching services, simply fill out this athlete contact form, and you will hear back from me soon. 

Thank you and Happy Trails!

Coach Phil