I am Gerald Tabios. A loving husband and a father of two. I am also a runner. An ultra runner. or as others, put it, an ultra marathoner.
On July 21-23, 2014, together with 98 runners across the world, I will be taking part in the 37th anniversary edition of the Badwater 135 in Lone Pine, CA. Recognized globally as "the world's toughest foot race," this legendary event pits up to 100 of the world's toughest athletes—runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers—against one another and the elements. Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop over the most epic terrain imaginable and finishing at the end of the road on Mt. Whitney. It is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet.
It has always been my belief that it is not right to ask others to help me pay my particular adventures. It is precisely of this that I am shouldering the entire cost of such undertaking from our personal family income (mine and my wife's). Which extends to the travel expenses, van rentas, hotels, equipment etc.. But I am very thankful that my friend Kat Bermudez, together with my brother, Glen Tabios, are assisting me by coming and crewing for me. Like most of the Badwater competitors, I believe that this feat is of great importance and a chance to collaborate with a charity.
Thus, I will be running the 2014 Badwater 135 with two goals in mind:
1. To finish the race in the prescribed cut-off time of 48 hours. And,
2. To raise money for the victims of typhoon Haiyan.
As most of us know, Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, which devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, on November 8, 2013.It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,268 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and unofficially the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed. As of January 2014, bodies were still being found.
Aside from the lives lost and as resilient as the Filipino people are, rebuilding of homes, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure are still continuing. As a Filipino myself, the second to join the Badwater 135 mile race and the first to conquer this new terrain, I have chosen to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan and make it my charitable mission.
To all my friends, relatives, fellow runners, and everyone who are willing and able, would greatly appreciate any amount you will donate. Thank you for considering your interest, support and time.
You can read about my running exploits on this web:
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