Sam Curtis – Lake Placid Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(1 customer review)

$70.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Offering individualized programs and accountability for new and seasoned athletes to reach their goals! Background in Physical Therapy.



Lake Placid Running Coach, Sam Curtis brings her background in Physical Therapy into her coaching programs to provide a well-rounded approach to training to reduce injury risk and enjoy running for the long term. Sam coaches athletes looking to begin their road or trail running journey as well as those who have been sidelined due to injury and are looking to return to the sport they love. Each customized training plan includes a running analysis and strength training to help achieve your goals.

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate
TYPES: Road, Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Lake Placid, NY


Beginner athletes building up for their first road or trail race, runners returning to sport post-injury, runners with a busy schedule, and those with an active lifestyle/multi-sport athletes.


I prioritize my athlete’s health and joy in their running to improve performance and enjoy running (and life!) for years to come. As a coach, developing an individualized plan requires getting to know each athlete and focusing on how I can use their strengths to support them by creating a plan as unique as they are!

The journey of training provides so much more depth and meaning to our achievements. It is my role to provide accountability, guidance, and feedback to work towards short term (season long) objectives while maintaining health, as well as lifelong goals and well-being. I understand that running holds different roles in everyone’s lives and I work with athletes to make their training work for them.


Pulling from my background as a Physical Therapist, I coach athletes of all ages (10-90+ years old) through and beyond injuries with a variety of strength, running, and cycling. I have been coaching runners, ages 20-60, for 3 years for road and trail races from 5k to 50 miles. Most of my athletes are returning to running following an injury with the goal of remaining injury free!

When I am not coaching runners, I am a ski coach for non-competitive youth athletes and athletes with disabilities. This requires a keen awareness of physiological and psychological needs to allow each athlete to learn and develop in their own way. As a running coach, I use these experiences to guide how I can be the best coach for each individual.


Originally from Western New York, I moved to the beautiful Adirondack mountains after Physical Therapy school to embrace and train in the rugged mountains of the Northeast. I grew up Windsurfing in Lake Erie, caring for Llamas on my grandfather’s 100-acre farm, and skiing on the weekends.

In high school, I began running and immediately fell in love with the cathartic yet meditative sport; however I learned that the “old-school” coaching methods were not ideal for female physiology or the injury prone athlete. Following a year of battling injuries, I was unable to run competitively during college. I used this time to embrace new sports like rock climbing, hiking, and backcountry skiing. In my recovery journey, I began to appreciate the joy of training for running and the mental strength gains of a healthy body – what I now strive to share with all of my athletes!


Dr. Stacy Sims, 80/20 running (Matt Fitzgerald), David and Megan Roche (The Happy Runner), with influences from Training for the Uphill athlete and as a Professional Ski Instructor of America teaching/coaching methods.


When I began racing competitively outside of high school track and cross country, it was nerve wracking to wait at the starting line of my local half marathon/Marathon despite training more than I had ever trained before for a race. Along the course, I had chills from the encouraging spectators, chilly temps, and the “dig deep” moments in the middle of the race. The last half mile, I could not wipe the smile off of my face for having run my longest race to date feeling better than I could have ever imagined. This race served as a realization for my training and my inspiration for road and trail events for many years.


  • Road: 5K: 19:36 (11/2017) NYSPHHA State Cross Country Championship
  • Half Marathon: 1:38:26 (5/2017) Buffalo Marathon/HM
  • Trail: 11 miles/3,000ft gain: 2:23:55 (6/13/2021) Great Adirondack Trail Race
  • Trail: 34 miles/15,000 ft gain: 17:01:38 (7/22/2021) Bob Marshall Traverse


Finding a coach who is a great fit for you is really important. We encourage you to email your coach prior to signing up so you can connect, communicate, and ensure a good athlete/coach fit.

Give us a brief history of your running, and this can include what distances and/or races you’ve run, how long you’ve been running, any past or present injuries, if you’ve worked with a coach or a specific training program before, etc.
Any short term or long term goals?
Describe your ideal coach/athlete relationship.
Any questions/comments for Team RunRun or the Coach in general?


1 review for Sam Curtis – Lake Placid Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Veronica Lumbantoruan

    Sam is amazing! We chatted before I committed to working with her and aligned on my goals, which are more “lifestyle” and less race driven. I wanted to find someone who can help me get to pretty aggressive running goals (9-20+ miles with a lot of elevation, along with some scrambling up peaks) as pain-free as possible by having the proper strength training in place while still having some flexibility in my schedule. Sam is always open to adjusting schedule as necessary and tweaks in the trainings to make it more comfortable. I’d highly recommend Sam to anyone – she is also always open to discussing to changes or recommendations she makes on my running. I’ve been working with Sam for a couple months now and honestly, it’s been astounding how little pain I’ve had while running more mileage/time on a weekly basis than I usually do.

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