ABOUT ME

"I decided to go for a little run."
- Forrest Gump

Bryan Court 60k, December 20, 2014                                       Photo by: Donna Tabios

GERALD TABIOS
Ultra Runner
🅸 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 currently residing in Elmhurst, New York.

In 2001, me and my wife 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 dream in July, 2014 when I crossed the Badwater finish line at the Mt Whitney Portal in 44 hours, 40 mins and 40 secs. Since then, I completed the race in 5 consecutive times.

My final year racing Badwater in 2018 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.

I learned a lot about myself along my Badwater journey. I discovered that I can be mentally stronger than my physical body. Trusting in my race crew, believing that finishing is not an individual achievement but rather a team effort.

However, my passion in running and running ultra distance is to inspire others who face challenges to their health and well-being.

I hope this personal page inspires you to challenge yourself, run for life and be happy.