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Anne Curtis Finishes Strong At The 38th London Marathon

Anne Curtis has proven that you can never be too busy for your passion, as she finished the 38th London Marathon last April 22. She completed the 42-km race in 5 hours and 12 minutes.

 

 

 

 

All set! The day has come!! After months of training for the @londonmarathon , I’m so ready!!!! ????‍??Got butterflies in my tummy! Super nervous but running for the Filipino Youth will keep me inspired each kilometre! Here weeeeeee gooooooo! Prayer warriors, please pray for me that I have a safe run without injury or complications. Thaaaaaank you! ???? ————————————————— ————————————————— To everyone that’s donated, thank you so much! You can still keep donating over on my simply giving page. The link is in my bio! ?? Remember, whatever the final amount donated is, I shall match ???? All for the love and programs of @unicefphils ?? #LondonMarathon #SpiritOfLondon #LondonMarathANNEventure

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And I did it! Finished my Second World Major Marathon ??. Time - 5:12. The @londonmarathon was my hardest race. The hardest to get into and the hardest for me to finish. Don’t get me wrong, the route is much easier than NYC but I did not expect the unusual London heat. The moment I hit 20km at 12:30pm. I had a hard time breathing, felt dehydrated, the sun was beaming intensely and at one point I wanted to give up (I know. So dramatic) but I knew I was running this for a cause. Running with a mission - For the FILIPINO YOUTH @unicefphils . As painful as it was, it helped me power through those 42 kilometres! I’d like to thank the Filipino Community here in London that were on the side lines cheering me on. You don’t know how much it helped me. Thank you. I’ve read all your posts and I’m so touched by your kind words. Thank you so much! Mistakes and new learnings were made on this run but I’m just happy that I crossed that finish line. @londonmarathon you were amazing and my first ever toughest run but I’m coming back for you when I’m done with the world majors!! Just you wait. #Londonmarathon #LondonMarathANNEventure ????????????

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The It’s Showtime host has been updating her fans about her goal to complete her second major marathon for more than three months, posting about her preparations from trainings to joining mini-marathons despite her very loaded schedule of shooting TVCs, managing her cosmetics business BLK, juggling acting projects and of course, balancing it all with being a new wife to Erwan Heussaff.

 

 

 

What’s even more spectacular is that Anne has once again made this run one for the books, as she has dedicated her second major marathon to the children of United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Philippines, particularly those who were affected by the war in Marawi. The Celebrity Advocate for Children was initially targeting to raise P84,000 through her page in simplygiving.com.

“So just like my very first marathon, I am again dedicating my 42 kilometres or 26.2 miles to the children of the Philippines. I am hoping to raise 84,000 pesos for Unicef Philippines. Why 84? To represent this being my second 42km or marathon dedicated to the youth,” the actress posted on Instagram last March.

 

 

Hello everyone! I’m running the London Marathon in exactly a month today! Waaaaaaaah! I’m so nervous and excited! And as I embark on another marathANNEventure what would make it even more meaningful is knowing that I’m running for a cause. So just like my very first marathon, I am again dedicating my 42 kilometres or 26.2 miles to the children of the Philippines ?? I am hoping to raise 84,000 pesos for @unicefphils ?? Why 84? To represent this being my second 42km or marathon dedicated to the youth. I truly hope to get your support! Please visit my simplygiving page. The LINK IS IN MY BIO! Any amount is highly appreciated and not only will it keep me inspired every kilometre but know that you are making a difference in a child’s life. ?? Thank you again! Light and Love, Anne xx. #LondonMarathon #LondonMarathANNEventure

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The actress, however, was able to generate over P280,000 for the organization—300% way more than her initial target. Another noteworthy detail is that she did all that despite the race being the hottest London Marathon race ever recorded at 24.1C (75.3F). According to BBC, runners were warned it could be even hotter on the course because of the heat absorbed by the roads and from other competitors.

“The [London Marathon] was my hardest race. The hardest to get into and the hardest for me to finish,” she said, saying that while the route was much easier than the New York Marathon’s (Anne’s first marathon, which she completed in 2016), the heat made the London run more challenging,” Anne says.

“The moment I hit 20km at 12:30pm. I had a hard time breathing, felt dehydrated, the sun was beaming intensely and at one point I wanted to give up. But I knew I was running this for a cause. Running with a mission – For the FILIPINO YOUTH,” she adds.

 

 

I did it! My very first marathon in NYC! What a bucket list moment ?? I can't explain how fulfilling it is when you cross the finish line. It certainly isn't easy but the whole experience is worth the physical pain. Each borough (there were 5) had a different feel, music and vibe. The spectators are there to cheer you on, give you power up high-fives and push you when you feel like you want to stop. To all the kababayans that were out there today to cheer me on... screaming and some even with posters, Maraming Salamat. ?? Nakakaiyak and yan po ang dahilan kung bakit halos hindi nawala ang ngiti ko. After my first... I would like to conquer more! 26.2 or 42.165 dedicated and inspired by the FILIPINO YOUTH and it's through God's grace, I FINISHED ??????‍???? @nycmarathon @unicefphils #NYCmarathANNEventure #ANNEventuresNYC #tcsnycmarathon #nycmarathon2016 #TeamUNICEFph

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In a video shot by her husband Erwan and shared by Anne on YouTube and Facebook, she is seen at one point during the race looking exhausted from running, crying and saying “I’m tired!” to her hubby, who was on  the sidelines giving his all-out support. Erwan can be seen kissing Anne, comforting her, saying, “It’s okay.” The heartwarming clip is a glimpse of their usually very private relationship.

Aside from her husband, Anne said that she also pulled her strength from UK-based Filipinos who cheered her on from the sidelines. On her noontime show last Wednesday, she shared how difficult the marathon was given the highest temperatures, even seeing other runners collapse.

“Thank you so much to all the Filipinos in London who were there from the sidelines, cheering me on. You have no idea how much it helped me to push and finish it. They really yell, ‘Go Anne!’ and it really motivated me. I also wanna thank my husband for being so supportive. He was my ultimate cheerleader,” the actress says.

 

 

 

Congratulations, Anne!

If you still want extend your support for Anne’s run for a cause, you may still do so https://www.simplygiving.com/annelondon2018 as her link is still up until April 30. You may also course it through UNICEF Philippines' official website.

 

Photos from @annecurtissmith