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Gerald Anderson says Bea Alonzo is an inspiration for the L.A marathon

Gerald Anderson talks about competing in his first 42k race this month.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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3/8/2017 7:02 AM
Gerald Anderson says Bea Alonzo is an inspiration for the L.A marathon


030817-GeraldAnderson_PUSH.jpgAs part of his birthday celebration this year, Gerald Anderson organized a 5k fun run last March 5 for his family and friends. “Bale ito yung send-off ko for the Skechers LA marathon. Alam niyo sa totoo lang na-conceptualize ko lahat ito habang tumatakbo ako ng isang 21k. Sabi ko, ‘Magpatakbo kaya ako para sa birthday ko naman? Kasi I want to share na rin yung lifestyle, yung experience ng isang marathon or half-marathon or isang simpleng run sa mga fans, sa mga supporters, sa mga friends. Kaya nabuo itong concept na ito with the team na Star Magic and of course Skechers and everyone else pinaghirapan nila para mabuo itong event,” he said.

Next week, the Ikaw Lang ang Iibigan actor flies to the US where he will be competing in the Skechers Performance Los Angeles marathon. “First time ko mag-42k. Ang layo no, parang pupuntang Pampanga mula dito (sa BGC). Unang una pupunta ako dun atgagawin ko yung best ko, yun talaga ang pina-motivation ko kasi pag gumagawa ako ng isang bagay talagang binibigay ko yung best ko. Pangalawa, e-enjoy-in ko na yung experience. Siyempre naman hindi lahat ng tao ay pinapadala sa ibang bansa para tumakbo at para i-represent yung bansa natin. Pangatlo excited ako makita yung mga kababayan natin, yung mga supporters. Yung pang-apat yung challenge sa sarili ko, mahilig ako sa challenges so ito ay isang bagong challenge and I’m happy to take this challenge,” he admitted.

After preparing for the race since last year, the Skechers Performance endorser admitted he is still squeezing in extra practice for the race which will happen on March 19. “Puwede pa sana na mas ready siyempre ano ako eh, actor-athlete. Actor comes first (laughs). Yung schedule ng pagiging isang artista medyo mahirap but pag gusto mo talaga may paraan. Minsan kapag sa taping mismo during break or pag may free day dun talaga kukuha ako ng training da. But recently four days straight na taping kami segue-segue so hindi ako makasingit ng training. But before I leave sana magkaroon pa ako ng time pa kasi two weeks na lang and kinakabahan na ako (laughs). But I’m excited siyempre,” he said.

When asked if Bea Alonzo will be heading to L.A to cheer him on, the 27-year-old actor said it’s not possible. “Si Bea ay napaka-busy din so napakahirap yun. Medyo matagal din ako dun eh kasi mag-te-training din ako dun bago lumaban,” he said. But despite their hectic schedules, Gerald says Bea never fails to be an inspiration to him even when she is not able to be physically present. “(She gives me) support. Siyempre support. Yun naman ang pinaka-importante diyan eh is being supportive,” he added.