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Running for Freedom: My Journey as an Ultra Marathon Runner is a film about one man’s journey to find freedom.
Running for Freedom: My Journey as an Ultra Marathon Runner is a film about one man’s journey to find freedom.
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On February 9, 2018 Gerald Tabios was accepted for the 5th consecutive time to join the Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon Race in Death Valley California. Over 2,000 ultra racers applied but only 100 got accepted in this international event. It is a 135 mile race in Death Valley where the hottest air temperature ever recorded was 134 degrees Fahrenheit. The race starts in Badwater Basin, Death Valley, the lowest elevation in North America to Whitney Portal, the trailhead to Mt. Whitney Summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States.  

We will make a feature documentary film to tell the story of a man born and raised in the highlands of the southern part of the Philippines and made his way to New York to be one of the few Filipinos to be invited to the world’s toughest foot race, Badwater 135.  

Join us as we make our own journey to make this film a reality. Making a feature documentary film is not going to be easy. We need your help in making sure we can finish this journey together with Gerald.

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Gerald Tabios, Filipino Ultra Runner, runs his 5th Badwater 135, considered as the world's toughest footrace. Together with his crew, Gerald has to run 2 deserts, climb 3 mountains, run 135 miles during record breaking heat across Death Valley within 48 hrs.  

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Considered as the world's toughest footrace, Badwater 135 is a goal every serious runner in the world wants to conquer. For the 5th time, Filipino Ultra Runner Gerald Tabios is accepted in the race. Only 100 runners are accepted for this event. The runners can have up to 4 support crews during the race. Gerald picks 3 runners to help him finish the race. Peachy, Ibar and Steve will be with Gerald along the way to provide support until the finish line. The race starts at Badwater Basin, 282 feet below sea level and will end at the portal of Mt. Whitney, the mountain that has the the tallest summit in the entire contiguous United States. 2018 Badwater 135 is a record breaking year. 127 degrees that broke 1906's record of 126 degrees. Out of the 99 runners, 30 DNF(did not finish). Along the way, we hear commentaries from the crew as well as other prominent Filipinos in the Ultra Running community. How does Gerald get through the world's toughest footrace? One foot in front of the other. OFFICIAL WEBSITE http://www.runningforfreedomfilm.com SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES https://www.facebook.com/runningforfreedomfilm/

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My name is James Castillo. I am an independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. Like Gerald, I am also a Cebuano, a Visayan from the Philippines. I moved to California over 10 years ago and I made it a commitment to be an independent filmmaker telling stories that reach into the soul of humanity. This feature documentary film is one of those projects that makes us more human.

Running for Freedom: My Journey as an Ultra Marathon Runner is a film about one man’s journey to find freedom. Freedom is many things to many people. As we journey alongside Gerald, we will discover what freedom means not only for Gerald but also for us, the viewers and the filmmakers.

I hope you can join us in this journey. We need all the support we can get to make this independent project a reality. In kind support is very much appreciated.

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