Phil McCarthy was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and raised in Norfolk, Nebraska. A classically-trained pianist, he has music degrees from the University of Nebraska and the University of Michigan.
Phil was a sprinter in high school, with an 11.2 second 100 meter best. In 1994 he moved to New York City where he became active in distance running. His first marathon was the 1997 New York Marathon, and his first ultra was the Kurt Steiner 50K in Central Park in 2002.
In addition to his running credentials, Phil also created and serves as Race Director for The Great New York 100 Mile/100 KM Running Exposition, held every June since 2012.
Phil's running highlights include:
Transcontinental run from San Francisco to New York, 2018, in 49 days, 7 hours, 55 minutes
Set American record for 48 hours, 2011, at 257.34 miles
Two-time 24 hour national champion, 2009 (151 miles), 2011 (153 miles)
4th-place finish in 2007 24-hour world championships, first American man to finish in top 10 in this event
Two-time finisher of Spartathlon, race from Athens to Sparta, Greece, 2016-17, top American in 2017
Three-time top ten finisher of Badwater Ultra, Death Valley, CA, 2009, 2010, 2012
Winner of the New York Ultrarunning Grand Prix, 2007, 2010, 2011
5K - 17:34, Run for the Olympic Bid, 2005, Central Park, New York
10K - 36:36, Healthy Kidney 10K, 2007, Central Park, New York
Half Marathon - 1:19:55, Brooklyn Half Marathon, 2008
Marathon - 2:50:55, Boston Marathon, 2011
50K - 3:25:52, Caumsett Park 50K, 2009, Lloyd Harbor, NY
50 Mile - 6:17:49, Metropolitan 50 Mile, Queens, NY, 2007
100 Mile - 15:27:06, Beast of Burden Summer, Lockport, NY, 2015
100 Mile (unofficial split) - 14:31, Northcoast 24 Hour, 2011
24 Hour - 154.48 Miles - IAU 24 Hour World Challenge, Drummondville, PQ 2007
48 Hour - 257.34 Miles, Three Days at the Fair, Augusta, NJ, 2011 (American Record 2011-2017)
6 Day - 462 Miles, Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 6-Day, Queens, NY, 2013