ABOUT ME

 ❝ A race of endurance, determination, perseverance, and physical fitness,and sanity!! Go! Go! Go Gerald!We are all very proud of you representing our country and Malaybalay City!❞ -  Dr. Florencio Flores Jr., Bukidnon 2nd District Congressman on the 2015 Badwater 135




DATE OF BIRTH September 12, 1969
AGE 52
WEIGHT 140 lbs.
NATIONALITY Philippines
RESIDENCE Elmhurst, New York
EVENT Ultramarathon




🅸 always believe in living a well-balanced life! I was born in Malaybalay City, Philippines in 1969. I am a graduate of Xavier University in Civil Engineering in Cagayan de oro City, Philippines. I am now currently residing in Elmhurst, New York with my wife and two children.

In 2001, me and my wife, Donna decided to migrate in New York and ran my first marathon in the 2004 New York City Marathon.  

In 2011, I decided to try my first 50k ultramarathon, which was a few years earlier I swore I would never do. From then on I was "bitten by the bug". A year later,  I wanted to run Badwater 135 miles, known as "The World’s Toughest Foot Race”, covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA. The race enticed me to run since I read the book, "The Ultramarathon Man" by Dean Karnazes which recounts some of the biggest races of his life and his DNF (Did Not Finish) experience in the 1995 Badwater race. I then achieved my Badwater dream in July, 2014. In July 2021, I completed my 6th Badwater 135.

On my 5th year running Badwater, I was the subject of a documentary featured film. Running for Freedom: My Journey as an Ultra Marathon Runner by James Castillo, an independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA.

It had its world premiere at the Cebu International Film Festival on September 27, 2019 and the North American Premiere at the International Film Festival Manhattan on November 17, 2019.

During my Badwater adventure, I discovered a lot about myself. I found that my mind can be more powerful than my physical body. I put my faith in my racing crew, thinking that finishing is a team effort rather than an individual accomplishment.

However, my motivation for running and ultra-distance running is to inspire people who are dealing with health and well-being issues.

I hope this personal page motivates you to push yourself, live life to the fullest, and be happy..