San Diego FilAm runs ultramarathon to raise funds for 'Yolanda' victims

By Christi Morales, ABS-CBN North America

Jan. 7, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – A San Diego-based Pinoy went the distance for kababayans in need, finishing a grueling 50-mile ultramarathon to help raise money for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Gerald Odocayen, 35, raced in frigid conditions in the San Francisco Bay Area for 12 hours, raising more than $1,800 towards UNICEF’s Philippine relief efforts.

He described the race in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area as beautiful but brutal, because of its terrain. He climbed a total of 9,000 feet.

Since combating alcoholism and obesity, the father of one says what he went through is nothing, compared to what Yolanda victims are still going through right now.

“I believe that whatever passion is, you have to use it to help others,” Odocayen said. “Sometimes it’s hard. But it’s always worth it when you’re helping somebody out.”

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