October 20, 2011  OC Register

Hope 4 Hanna Raises $80,000 to Fight Autism

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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

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