Philip Latter || Coach || The Running Syndicate
A runner, writer, coach, and father, Philip Latter is excited to use his thirteen years of coaching and two decades of competing in the sport to help further the mission of the Raleigh Distance Project.
Originally from the Chicago area, Latter set four school records at UNC-Asheville before taking over as the head cross country coach at Radford University (Virginia) in 2005 at the age of 23. Latter’s coaching went to the next level in 2009, when he and his wife, Macy, moved to Colorado. Residing in Fort Collins, Latter was fortunate to come under the tutelage of Chris Suppes. In their two-and-a-half years together, Fort Collins’ girls ranked No. 3 and No. 6 in the nation, while the boys, after finishing 13th at the 5A State Meet in 2009 were 4th in the nation in 2010.
Following his wife’s medical career, Latter moved back to North Carolina in 2011. He led the Brevard Lady Blue Devils to back-to-back 2A cross country state championships in 2015 and 2016, and guided current N.C. State runner Noah Graham to 9 state titles in a 15-month span. In 2015, he also founded the Running Syndicate, an online coaching and writing website.
An accomplished writer, Latter is best known for coauthoring Faster Road Racing with two-time Olympian Pete Pfitzinger (Human Kinetics, 2015) and Running Flow with world-famous psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Human Kinetics, 2017). He earned his writing chops as a senior writer at Running Times from 2011 to 2015 and as a contributor to Runner’s World and runnersworld.com. His assignments brought him to Kenya and Colorado Springs, where he learned firsthand how several future Olympic medalists trained under the guidance of Renato Canova.
Latter currently resides outside of Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife and two young daughters, Aspen and Willow. He holds PRs of 4:20 in the mile, 8:32 in the 3000m, 14:47 in the 5000m and 1:12:11 in the half marathon.
Stephen Furst || Coach
Stephen Furst is a graduate of the renowned NC State Track/XC program, and in 2008 was All-American (5000 m) and ACC Champion (5000 m and 10000 m) for the Wolfpack. While in graduate school, Stephen was a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Pack while racing post-collegiately. He qualified 5 times for the US Track and Field Championships including the 2012 Olympic Team Trials (5000 m) along with the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon. Stephen also represented team USA 3 times – twice in Cross Country and once in the 5000 m at the 2011 Pan Am Games. His personal best in that event is 13:29.19 from 2011.
Stephen finished his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2012 and now works as the founder and CEO of Smart Material Solutions, Inc., and advanced manufacturing startup company in Raleigh.
Stephen is currently coaching Tristin and Sammy to reach their running goals of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Team Trials.
Fun Fact: Stephen loves backpacking, the 2017 solar eclipse, and Star Trek. He is haunted by a mile PR of 4:00.26, which is complimented by 6 other sub-4:02 misses.
Angela Angeles || Strength Coach || @catalyzefitness
Angela is the performance specialist for RunRaleigh PT and the owner of Catalyze Fitness. Her expertise as a wellness coach, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor has helped to keep all of us in line--both literally and figuratively. Angela's training philosophy and approach emphasizes the mastery of fundamental movement patterns. She helps us identify muscular imbalances, improve posture, develop mobility and sound mechanics, and ultimately build strength and speed by using functional exercises.
- B.S., American University
- Certified Personal Trainer - National Academy of Sports Medicine
- Certified Group Fitness Instructor - American Council on Exercise
- Certified Corporate Fitness Specialist - National Corporate Fitness Institute
- Functional Aging Specialist - Functional Aging Institute
- Medical Fitness Network Member
- First Aid & CPR/AED Certified
Robert Swoap || Sports Psychologist
Robert Swoap is the official Sports Psychologist of RDP. Running is as much mental as it is physical making this relationship crucial to the success of RDP and its athletes! Robert Swoap, Ph.D., is a psychologist with specialties in sport and health psychology. A licensed clinical psychologist, Bob works primarily with athletes and teams to help them pursue and achieve excellence. He has worked with Olympic, professional, collegiate, and high school athletes. His specialty is working with distance runners and with endurance athletes across several sports. Bob writes about sport psychology and the pursuit of excellence at www.robertswoap.com. He is excited and honored to be a part of the RDP team!
Jason Honeycutt || Photographer || @j.cuttphotography
Jason is a Raleigh runner with a talent for action, sport, and event photography. A great friend and running partner, he is always up for a challenge and hopes to become Taco Bell's first sponsored athlete. When he's not running and capturing photos, Jason teaches high school history. Obviously his patience carries over to photo shoots with RDP. We're very grateful for his support of our team!
Amanda Santamaria || Designer || @mandasanta
Amanda kicks our butts each week as our Les Mills CX-Worx instructor at O2 Fitness but more importantly, she is the creative brain behind our team logo. Amanda has a degree in Industrial Design but professionally has excelled in the graphic design/marketing world. Beyond graphic design, she has experience in everything from web design to branding to copy writing and marketing in everything from health clubs to consumer packaged goods. Most recently, she's obsessed with learning everything about digital marketing - SEM, social media, analytics, AdWords, etc. Marrying art with data - creating something beautiful that's functional.
Amanda is available for freelance projects--check out her website to get in touch!