Phil - I have been running my entire life, but I never considered myself a runner until I developed a passion for it when I began trail-running in 2008.
I grew up in Northern New Jersey, and always enjoyed sports and spending time in nature. Looking back, it makes sense that I would enjoy trail-running, which allows me to combine those two interests. At the age of 5, I became a wrestler. My father, older brother, and friends were wrestlers, so it was not surprising that I became one too. I ended up wrestling for 14 years through my sophomore year of college. Wrestling helped me develop dedication and mental toughness, among other skills. Those qualities would prove to be invaluable later on in my life as I developed into an endurance athlete.
After wrestling was over, I continued to exercise regularly, but that did not satisfy me for very long. Something was missing. In 2007, I ran my first 5K road race, and it filled the void. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed competing. From then on, I was hooked. I started signing up for a road race or triathlon every other weekend. Then in 2008, I ran the North Face Endurance Challenge 10K at Bear Mountain. When I crossed the finish line I wanted more. Six months later I found myself on the starting line of the North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile in San Francisco. I had no idea what I was doing. I had never even run a marathon before, but I loved every painful moment of that race. Pushing my body and mind to its limits in a landscape that was foreign to me, made me feel more alive than ever before. After crossing that finish line, I knew there was no turning back.
Over the last five years, I have competed in a variety of races, ranging from 1 to 100 miles. More importantly, I have made many new friendships, traveled to many wild places, and gotten involved with my local running community as much as possible. Trail-running has become such an important part of my life, that I decided to move to the trail-running town of Boulder, Colorado this summer. Adjusting to my new life here has been exciting as I look forward to each new adventure the next day brings.
Phil's Race Reports, Articles & Reviews
After the Hardrock 100, we made our way back to Boulder Colorado to meet up with a few friends before we took our flight back to New York. Phil Germakian guided us on an awesome run through the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
This morning I woke up dreading my long run. Earlier this week, I planned to do my long run with a local running group. The workout was hill repeats up and down Mt. Sanitas. One loop is 5K in distance with about 1200 feet of vertical. The day before I decided I would do 4 laps, which would be about a 12 mile run with roughly 4800 feet of vertical, and take me about 3 hours to complete.
On Saturday, July 27, I ran my first trail race at altitude, The Eldora Trail 10K, after moving to Boulder, Colorado only five short weeks ago. Training in Boulder, which sits at an elevation of 5,430 ft. has been humbling to say the least.
By MPF Athlete Phil Germakian
This is the latest trail shoe from Pearl Izumi’s Project E:Motion Line. The first of this line, the (N1), was released last year, and worn by Timothy Olsen during his two consecutive wins at the Westerns States 100. The N2 is a slightly beefed up version of the N1,
Last weekend, Jim Jansen and I drove down to Newark, Delaware to run the 16th Annual Triple Crown Half-Marathon. This race is a fundraising event that benefits 4 local homeless shelter programs. They offer four distance options: 5K, 10K, Half, and Full-Marathon, along with a unique Triple Crown category
In 2010, I ran The North Face Endurance Challenge Bear Mountain 50K in a time of 5:34, which was good enough for fifth place that year. Since then, I have battled a series of running related injuries that have kept me from ultrarunning for almost two years.
April 22, 2012 marked the 26th running of The Leatherman’s Loop, a historic trail race around the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY. However, this year’s race proved to be very different from previous years loops.
I registered for the NJ Trail Series Febapple race sometime in January, with the hope of running the 21-mile race. This race would also be a good opportunity to support my MPF Campmor teammates, and promote my upcoming race, Lost Brook Trail Race, which benefits the Tenafly Nature Center. However
In March 2011, I came across the Alaska Mountain Ultrarunning Camp while browsing the website, iRunFar.com. Before I even looked at the cost, I immediately decided to sign-up for two reasons. The first being, ALASKA!
“Breathe in. Breathe out. Focus. Enjoy it.” I told myself. There I was again, standing on the starting line with butterflies in my stomach, like I had done so many times before, but this time was different. This day had some history behind it…
The Saucony ProGrid Peregrine is a terrific trail shoe. It’s lightweight and flexible design, makes it a good choice for runners who are interested in transitioning into a more minimalist trail shoe.
Last Weekend MPF Campmor Team participated in the Watchung 10 mile and 10k race. Congratulations to Tom Haines who placed 7th (10 mile), Chris Focacci placed 6th (10k) and Phil Germakian who won the 10 mile race!
The following is my race report for the 2011 North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon Relay... The course was a tough 6.55 mile trail loop that offered a total elevation gain of 1,212 ft along with many rocks and mud to negotiate.
This past weekend on April 2nd The lost brook trail 5 & 10 mile race came to life. One of our Mountain Peak Fitness / Campmor team members Philip Germakian organized and directed his very first trail race to benefit the Tenafly nature center. The
Results & Accomplishments
- 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 Endurance Challenge Marathon Relay - 1st Team Overall
- 2010: Chicago Marathon - Finisher (3:00:51)
- 2010: Mahlon Mayhem 25K - 3rd Overall
- 2010: South Mountain 100K - 3rd Overall
- 2010: North Face Bear Mountain 50K - 5th Overall
- 2010: Muddy Half-Marathon - 2nd Overall
- 2010: Boston Marathon - Finisher (3:05:51)
- 2010: NJ Winter Trail Series 10 Mile - 1st Overall
- 2009: Wineglass Marathon - 3rd in Division / 30th Overall (3:04:55)
- 2009: Timberman Triathlon Ironman 70.3 Series - Finisher
- 2008: North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile - Finisher
- 5K - 17:48
- 10K - 37:55
- Half-Marathon - 1:27:17
- Marathon - 3:00:51
- Mile - 4:58