Tabios is indeed a rare pinoy athlete who craves the thrill of competition in ultra-long distance races that test the limits of one's endurance and mental strength. -Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, August 15, 2015 

Badwater 135 Miles
7 x Finisher
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021 &2022

“The World’s Toughest Foot Race”

Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA, the Badwater® 135 is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet, as well as the 135-Mile World Championship. The start line is at Badwater Basin, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ (85m) below sea level. The race finishes at Whitney Portal at 8,300’ (2530m), which is the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States. The Badwater 135 course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600’ (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100’ (1859m) of cumulative descent. Competitors travel through places or landmarks with names like Mushroom Rock, Furnace Creek, Salt Creek, Devil’s Cornfield, Devil’s Golf Course, Stovepipe Wells, Panamint Springs, Darwin, Keeler, Lone Pine, Alabama Hills, and the Sierra Nevada.

The Great New York 100 Miles
A Dozen Finishes
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024

June 22, 2024

I am elated to have crossed the finish line of The Great New York 100 Mile Race (TGNY 100) for the twelfth time. This race, which marked my first venture into the realm of 100-mile ultramarathons at the age of 42, continues to be a significant part of my life. Now, at 54, the exhilaration of overcoming such a formidable challenge remains as intense as ever.

TGNY 100 is more than just a race; it is an urban adventure that takes runners on a unique tour of New York City, beginning and ending in the heart of Times Square. Starting at the pedestrian plaza at Broadway and 47th St., next to the TKTS booth, and finishing at the pedestrian plaza on Broadway between 42nd and 43rd St., the race offers an unforgettable running experience.

Reflecting on this journey, I am filled with gratitude. My heartfelt thanks go to Race Director Phil McCarthy and the countless volunteers who tirelessly work behind the scenes to make this race possible. Your dedication and enthusiasm are the backbone of this event.

A special thanks to my wife, Donna Sajulga-Tabios, whose unwavering support has been my anchor. Her presence at the starting line, along the route, and at the finish line since the race's inception has been a source of immense strength and motivation.

Each finish represents a story of perseverance, a testament to the human spirit, and a celebration of the community that makes this race so special. Here's to many more miles and many more adventures in the years to come.

My Finishes Over the Years

Date Finish Time
        June 22, 2024  28:42:55
        June 17, 2023                25:39:31
        June 20, 2022 23:39:58
        June 19, 2021 28:21:38
        June 22, 2019 28:08:21
        June 23, 2018 28:56:48
        June 17, 2017 25:46:34
        June 18, 2016 21:58:20
        June 20, 2015 22:26:23
        June 21, 2014 21:22:34
        June 29, 2013 26:18:45
        June 23, 2012 26:55:25

Badwater Cape Fear 51 miles
Bald Head Island, N.C
10 x Finisher
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024

On March 21, 2024, I achieved a significant milestone: completing my 10th consecutive 51.4 mile Badwater® Cape Fear race in Bald Head Island, North Carolina. This accomplishment spans from 2014, with the exception of 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. Over the past decade, my wife, running friends, and I have made this race an annual pilgrimage, traveling 633 miles one way by driving to Southport, NC, and then taking a ferry ride to the island.

The race itself is a breathtaking experience, set along the Atlantic Seaboard, offering stunning vistas of the Frying Pan Shoals to the east and the untamed Cape Fear River marshlands to the west. I'm immensely grateful to the organizers and hosts of this event for their efforts in creating such a memorable race.

The Badwater Cape Fear race features a unique course, beginning with a twelve-mile warm-up on car-free, one-lane-wide roads and maritime forest trails of Bald Head Island. This serene prelude is followed by either 19.5 or 39 miles of running along the wild and secluded sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher.

As I reflect on this accomplishment, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to participate in such an extraordinary event. Looking ahead, I hope to continue this tradition and participate in the race again next year, embracing the challenges and beauty it offers with each step.

March 21, 2024