Hope 4 Hanna raises $80,000 to fight autism

October 20, 2011





Sunday’s 5K, 10K and ½K races in San Clemente drew about 700 participants, according to an event co-founder.

Runners hit the course for Sunday's Hope 4 Hanna 5K/10K at Plaza Pacifica in San Clemente. -CHIP KIMMICH, INFOCUS MOMENTS

This year's Hope 4 Hanna run/walk against autism was the biggest in the San Clemente event's three-year history, with some 500 people registered for the 5K and 10K races and 200 kids in the ½K, according to co-founder Lene Belden, whose autistic daughter, Hanna, 7, is the event's namesake.

Sunday's event at Plaza Pacifica shopping center raised $80,000 for various autismrelated programs and services, Belden said. It was sponsored by Trace3, an Irvine information-technology company, and featured a Walka for TACA superhero challenge and costume parade to promote Talk About Curing Autism, a nationwide organization dedicated to helping families dealing with autism.






Brian Bang, who finished second overall in the Hope 4 Hanna 5K/10K, is congratulated by Hanna Belden, the autistic San Clemente girl for whom the event is named. - COURTESY OF JENNIFER BANG