Run Leaders

Local, passionate, and experienced mountain runners will lead all 6 mountain runs.  Our Run Leaders have been chosen based on their ability to lead people outdoors, running experience, and personality. Feel free to ask them all your running questions. They are there to keep you safe, as well as encourage, motivate, and share their knowledge.


Silke Koester: Elite Ultra Runner / Rocky Mountain Runners Co-Founder / La Sportiva Mountain Team 

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Silke lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and La Sportiva Mountain Running teammate, Ryan Smith.  She has been running ultras since 2008 and co-founded the local running club, Rocky Mountain Runners, in 2013.  Silke works full-time in the educational non-profit world, enjoys baking bread and embarking on overly ambitious DIY home remodeling projects.  She is also a novice beekeeper.  Silke does a lot for the running community, a true ambassador of the sport, and one hell of a mountain runner, which is why we are honored to have her returning to camp next Summer!

Silke has many race podium finishes, but her proudest accomplishments include:

  • Finishing my first marathon, the NYC Marathon, in 2006
  • Supporting Ryan in his 9th place UTMB finish in 2015
  • Two Top 10 finishes at the Pikes Peak Ascent
  • Earning the WS100 silver buckle, my first 100 miler, in 2014
  • The finish line of every race!

You can follow Silke’s adventures on her Blogs:


Adam St.Pierre: Elite Endurance Coach / Exercise Physiologist / Competitive Ultra Runner 

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Adam is an elite endurance coach based in Boulder, Colorado with over 10 years of experience coaching athletes of all ages in a variety of sports.  He has worked with junior athletes, NCAA Division I collegiate athletes, elite professionals, recreational masters, and everyone in between, in sports ranging from Nordic skiing, to ultra-running, to triathlon, to ski mountaineering.  Adam received a masters degree in Exercise Science in 2006 and spent over 7 years as a physiologist and running biomechanist at the renowned Boulder Center for Sports Medicine (now CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center).  His many years of experience working as a professional exercise physiologist and sports scientist give him the knowledge base to correctly develop any athlete using a multitude of proven training methods.  Given his experience, Adam has become a go-to expert for publications like Runner’s World, Men’s Health, and Outside Magazine.

Adam is also an accomplished ultra runner, with sub 24-hour finishes in America’s top 100 mile races:

  • 2011 Western States 100: 21:47:19
  • 2011 Leadville Trail 100: 23:56:15
  • 2012 Superior Fall Trail 100: 23:24:22
  • 2012 Run Rabbit Run 100: 23:34:00

We are thrilled to have Adam at our camp leading two training workshops over the weekend that will be sure to improve your running.

You can learn more about Adam’s coaching services here: http://trainright.com/coaches/adam-st-pierre/


Cat Bradley: Elite Ultra Runner / Kindergarten Teacher / Salomon Running 

Cat has been a competitive athlete and adventurer for many years.  Though new to the sport of ultrarunning, she has quickly become a strong endurance athlete, and found early success in this growing sport.  Cat lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she works full-time as a Kindergarten Teacher, and is active in the local trail running community, organizing group runs and volunteering at local races.

Cat’s recent finishes include: 

  • 2016 Rio Del Lago 100 Mile: 1st Place (18:48:07)
  • 2016 Speedgoat 50K: 5th Place
  • 2016 Behind the Rocks Ultra 30K: 1st Place and Course Record
  • 2015 The Bear 100 Mile: 2nd Place (23:04:45)

Cat’s running is supported by Salomon Running,  GU Energy,  Real Athlete DietsFrost’D, & Hazel’s

You can follow Cat’s adventures on her blog: Catberad


Ryan Lassen: Competitive Ultra Runner / Salomon Run Club Boulder / Peak Bagger

Ryan has been running Ultras for 6 years, and has found success in all distances from 50K to 100 miles.  He prefers mountainous terrain and is all about the vert, the steeper the better!  Ryan has been able to literally turn work into play, turning his passion for mountain running into a career, as a full-time Community Manager for Salomon Running.  On any given night of the week you can find Ryan leading, organizing, or participating in a variety of trail running community events, including hosting the very popular Salomon Run Club Boulder group run on Tuesday nights.

Ryan’s recent finishes include: 

  • 2017 Sean O’Brien 50 Mile: 8th Place
  • 2016 Rio Del Lago 100 Mile: (23:21:14)
  • 2016 Run the Rut 50K
  • 2016 Bighorn 100 Mile

Ryan’s running is supported by Salomon Running, Real Athlete Diets, & Tailwind Nutrition

Follow Ryan’s adventures on Instagram: @rlassen


Phil Germakian: Camp Director / Competitive Mountain Runner / Flatirons Running Race Team

Phil has been a competitive athlete for over 25 years, competing in the sport of wrestling, triathlon, running, and ultramarathons.  He started running trails a decade ago, and has finished over 50 races from 5k to 100k.  Phil is a full-time school teacher, USATF Certified Level-1 running coach, and has over 10 years experience leading people of all ages outdoors as an educator. Originally from the east coast, Phil found his love for trail-running in the Catskill Mountains of New York. His passion for exploring mountains brought him to Colorado four years ago, where he now resides with his wife, Christine.  On most Wednesday nights, you can find Phil leading the trail run from Flatirons Running Company in Boulder.

Phil’s 2016 Adventures included:

  • Golden Gate Dirty 30 – 50K – (24th Place)
  • Bighorn 100 PACER: Jaws to Dry Fork – 34 Miles
  • Speedgoat 50K – (35th Place)
  • Boulder Backroads Half Marathon – (8th Place)
  • Calarat Challenge Half Marathon – (6th Place)

Phil’s running is supported by Flatirons Running NB Run Hub & Healthy Skoop

Follow Phil’s adventures on Instagram: @germakian